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Frank Elegar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad: - Apr 13, 2017


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Virgin Islanders who are currently playing abroad.


Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Enisey to an easy victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (10-11) 88-71 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Elegar had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. Enisey Krasnoyarsk (12-10) is placed sixth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Elegar's first season with the team. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(86-129) and FT: 70.5% in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. Elegar is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Greece). He contributed to PAOK's victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (8-18) 75-66 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Aska recorded 10 points. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Aska has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24) and FT: 71.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Aska is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Victor Cuthbert
Victor Cuthbert
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Victor Cuthbert (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea). He could not help ET Land Elephants (26-28) in their last game. Despite Cuthbert's very good performance ET Land Elephants were edged 80-77 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Samsung Thunders. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Cuthbert also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Cuthbert has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1bpg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 58.2%(259-445), 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 61.7% in 59 games. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #4. Point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in their game against Le Portel (14-13) in the French ProA. Hodge scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was crushed 82-58 in Le Portel by the higher-ranked (#8) Le Portel. Hodge's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 5.7apg in 27 games. He has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican nationalities. Hodge is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Craig Williams
Craig Williams
   #5. International center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Orange Vikings' victory against the fifth-ranked Kagawa FA (16-36) 80-67 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Ehime Orange Vikings (26-26) are placed fourth in West group. Williams' stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.


The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Orlando Magic's victory against the Brooklyn Nets (20-62) 115-107 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Georges-Hunt scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic has 29-53 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. This year Georges-Hunt averages: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Despite Georges-Hunt's U.S. Virgin Islands passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands team.

   #2. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Indiana Pacers in a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) 120-111 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Christmas scored only one point. The Indiana Pacers have 42-40 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Christmas averages: 2.1ppg and 2.0rpg in 28 games he played so far.


Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Aaron Brown (196-F-92) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Earl Thompson (196-G/F) plays for Brandon University in Canadian university league CIS
Fitzroy Dunrod plays for Atlanta Wildcats in the ABA
Johnathan Gray (190-G-91) plays for Martina Franca in Italian Serie C Silver
Charles Vanderpool (203-F/C-87) plays for Sonics in Barbados BABA
Nicolas Claxton (208-SF-99) plays for Legacy Charter in the   




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