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Frank Elegar selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 6, 2018

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Here is the weekly review of the top performing U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play currently abroad.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help the league outsider Afyon Bld (0-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Elegar's very good performance Afyon Bld was edged 72-71 on the road by the league outsider Banvit (#15). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Elegar also added 4 rebounds. Elegar has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35) and FT: 78.9%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. Elegar 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 (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Minnesota to a victory against the Oklahoma State University 83-76 in the NCAA on Friday night. Murphy had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 16 rebounds in 37 minutes. The University of Minnesota has conference record this season. It's Murphy's fourth year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 67.7% in eight games he played so far. 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.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently studies in the States). Claxton contributed to an easy victory against the Texas Southern University 92-75 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. The University of Georgia has conference record this season. Claxton has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2.6bpg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 63.6%. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Kyle Clarke
Kyle Clarke
   #4. Guard Kyle Clarke (196-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the the league outsider Kennesaw St. (0-0) in their game against the Hofstra University in the NCAA. He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Clarke scored only 2 points. his team was crushed 78-52 in Hermpstead by the Hofstra University. Clarke has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg. Clarke is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Rashawn Fredericks
Rashawn Fredericks
   #5. International swingman Rashawn Fredericks (196-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Cincinnati in a victory against the Northern Kentucky University 78-65 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. The University of Cincinnati has conference record this season. This year Fredericks' overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg in nine games. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team last year.

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-PF-97, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) lost 117-131 on the road to the Washington Wizards. Collins had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.4apg in 10 games he played so far. Collins has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. De'Quon Lake (208-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Nebraska at Omaha 89-71 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Lake scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Arizona State University has conference record this season. This year Lake's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3bpg in seven games.

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

Deon Edwin (190-G-92) plays for Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) plays for Homentmen in Lebanese LBL
Justin Gray (198-F-95) plays for Bristol Acadamy Flyers in British BBL
Ivan Aska (201-F-90) plays for Kolossos HH in Greek A1
Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94) plays for CA Bizerte in Tunisian Division I
LaRon Smith (203-F-93) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A


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Gophers' Jordan Murphy will go down as one of the best rebounders in Big Ten history - 1 day ago
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UVI teams return to action tonight, Tuesday - 1 day ago
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