Johnson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - Dec 13, 2012
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24-year old forward Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bigua and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. He had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Larre Borges (#15, 5-21) 87-85. Bigua is placed at 3rd position in Uruguayan league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bigua will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. Johnson turned to be Bigua's top player in his first season with the team. Fairfield University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 58.5% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of top-ranked Trouville. He is American forward in his first season at Trouville. In the last game Keenan recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Trouville to another comfortable win 88-72 over the lower-ranked Nacional (#16, 5-21) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Trouville still keep South's top spot. His team has currently 19-6 record. Keenan is a newcomer at Trouville and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.5ppg (#2). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) of Hebraica (#5). Barrera showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hebraica, leading his team to a 90-84 win against slightly higher-ranked Un.Atletica (#4, 18-8). Hebraica needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Litoral. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Barrera has a great season in Uruguay. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.3apg (best passer). Gustavo Barrera has also Uruguayan passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brian Woodward (191-G-81) of Welcome - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Gerald Inman (208-F-87) of Nacional - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Travis Garrison (203-F-84) of Cordon - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Defensor - 31 points and 2 assists 8. Krys Faber (208-C) of Welcome - 21 points and 8 rebounds 9. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Bohemios - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Cordon - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 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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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.".
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