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Frank Elegar selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 11, 2018

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We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (1-1) crushing them 97-69 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Elegar scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Lokomotiv Kuban (2-0) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Elegar's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 70.7%(29-41) and FT: 71.4% in 11 games he played so far. Elegar has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team two years ago.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jordan Murphy (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). Murphy led Minnesota to a victory against the University of Illinois 77-67 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes. The University of Minnesota has a very good 9-1 conference record this season. Murphy has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 74.6% in 16 games. Murphy is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2016.

Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, college: Kent St., currently plays in Finland). Edwin led KTP-Basket to a 3-point victory over the fifth-ranked Kauhajoki (12-10) 79-76 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Edwin recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. KTP Basket Kotka (9-13) is placed ninth in the Korisliiga. Edwin has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 72.6%. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #4. Small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently studies in the States) contributed to Georgia's victory against the The University of Mississippi 71-60 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Claxton scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots. The University of Georgia has conference record this season. Claxton's overall stats this year are: 4.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands U18 national team back in 2016.

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. John Collins (208-F-97, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Atlanta Hawks (11-30) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Collins' very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (11-30) were badly defeated 132-113 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Collins has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Minnesota Timberwolves in a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-14) crushing them 127-99 in the NBA last Monday. Georges-Hunt recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a solid 27-16 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Georges-Hunt averages just 1.1ppg in 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #3. De'Quon Lake (208-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Arizona St.'s victory against the University of Utah 80-77 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Lake scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Arizona State University has quite an impressive 9-0 conference record this season. So far Arizona St. won all nine games in the conference. This year Lake's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4bpg in 14 games.

   #4. Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Seton Hall (8-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Seton Hall was badly defeated 84-64 at home by the Marquette University. Rodriguez scored 11 points and added 6 passes. Rodriguez is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Seton Hall's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rodriguez averages: 18.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Quennel Francis (183-PG, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to secure a victory for the Southeastern University (4-10) in their game against the Thomas University in the NAIA. He recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Southeastern University lost 70-74 in Thomasville to the Thomas University. Francis has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 15 games.   

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