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HOOPS REPORT 12/19 - Dec 19, 2018

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Virgin Islands (2-7) begin prep for the February window when they host Brazil (Thursday 21st) and Chile (Sunday 24th) to conclude FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. The team has already been eliminated and should use the final games to prep for LIMA, PERU and the PAN American Games (July 26-August 11). Men Tournament dates are August 6-10.

TURKEY-Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Tofas Bursa gave itself a chance to reach the Top 16 with a 96-92 win over already-qualified host Cedevita in Zagreb on Tuesday in 7DAYS EuroCup action. Tofas raised its Group B record to 4-6, but in order to advance, needs last-place Arka Gdynia to win a road game at Limoges CSP on Wednesday. Elegar had 12 points and five boards in his first game as a starter in the EuroCup. A draw will determine the Top 16 calendar, the first round of which will begin on January 2.
In the BSL, Elegar contributed 14 points and seven board as third ranked Tofas (8-3) out played Gaziantep, 79-66, in domestic league action. Tofas will play against Anadolu Efes (7-3) in Istanbul in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

LEBANON-- Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) had 18 points, six boards and three assists for as Homenetmen downed Champville 76-68 in the Lebanese Basketball League in Mezher Sunday. It was a cagey affair between two of the leading local clubs, with both struggling to find their scoring range.

UNITED KINGDOM -- Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) put on a show but it was not enough as the Bristol Flyers (7-3) fell to Manchester Giants, 92-89, in the British Basketball League. Gray finished with 21 points and six rebounds and three huge blocks.

UKRAINE - Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) and Khimik (9-4) will be back in action on Saturday as they play Odessa in the SuperLeague.

CYPRESS - LaRon Smith (203-F-93, college: Auburn) and Etha will return to action after an 10 days off when they face Omonia (3-6) Friday night in Division A.

TUNISIA -- Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94, college: Grambling St.) and CA Bizertin (0-6) are in the midst of a two month International break. Bizertin returns to action Jan. 2 versus ES Rades (7-0).

Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor) and the Utah Jazz (14-17) are in the midst of a losing stretch, dropping four of their last five games. However, if history is any indicator, a run could be around the corner. Last year's win streak started with a win against the Raptors that was followed closely by a surprising win against the Warriors.
Could a surprise win against the Warriors tonight be the thing that gets them on the right track? We'll see, but if it doesn't happen now, it may not happen ever. January's schedule is tougher than you think and if the Jazz fall even farther below .500 the parity of the league is going to make it near impossible to make up ground.

John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) is the rarest Jewel.

Marcus Georges-Hunt, who spent last season with the Timberwolves and was unable to stick with the Boston Celtics after training camp this season, has missed the Maine Red Claws last three games with a reported knee injury. The 2016 Tech graduate has averaged 13.7 points
and 4.8 rebounds in the team's first nine games. MGH is unlikely to return this season after an MRI revealed a torn meniscus.

Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (8-7) came victorious against the Erie Bayhawks (7-7), 130-122, in a Thursday night shootout. Rodriguez was a stat sheet stuffer with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. The 6-6, 240 pound forward is averaging 11.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Up next for Agua Caliente is a trip to Las Vegas for the G League Winter Showcase. The Clippers first game will be played against the Grand Rapids Drive on Wednesday, December 19 at 10 p.m. on court 2 and will be followed by a showdown with the Capital City Go-Go on Friday, December 21 at 4pm on court 1.

Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) ON ANDY KATZ SHOW

Rashawn Fredericks (196-G/F-96) and the UC Bearcats (9-2) take on UCLA (7-3) at 10 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, on ESPN2.

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) and the University of Georgia men's basketball team (6-4) pushed past the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 81-69 on Tuesday night in Stegeman Coliseum. Claxton finished with 17 points on the night and notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 boards. He's tied for the most in the SEC with all of his double-doubles coming from this season alone. For the second time this season Claxon led or co-led the team in points, blocks (3), assist (3), steals (1), and rebounds. The Bulldogs head to Atlanta to take on in state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1p.m. on ESPN U.

De'Quon Lake (208-F)< and No, 21 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) gets schools' second chance in school history to host No. 1 when the Kansas Jayhawks (10-0) come to town on Saturday, Dec. 22, for a 7 p.m. ESPN2 contest. Lake is 115-of-158 (.728) from the field with 50 dunks in his 42-game career. He has 79 offensive rebounds and posted five dunks against both Idaho State and San Diego State in December of 2017. He also had seven blocks vs. Pacific. ASU is 10-2 when he scores in double digits and 8-2 when he gets at least seven boards.

Jahmiah Simmons (193-F-98) and the North Texas men's basketball team beat New Mexico on Tuesday 74-65 in the Dreamstyle Arena Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the program's first ever win over the Lobos and improve its record to 11-1 for the first time since 1976-77. Simmons had nine points off the bench, including seven points early in the game and knocking down his first three-pointer of the year at a clutch moment.

Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) led the way with nine boards, two assists and two points as Lipscomb men's basketball team downed nonconference foe Covenant 119-48 on Monday night at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The last chance for fans to see the Bisons on TV in 2018 comes Friday when perennial mid-major power Vermont comes to town, 8:15 p.m on ESPN+.

Shaun Willett (193-F) and the 19th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team (11-2, 4-0 SAC), hosts Coker College (2-7, 0-3 SAC) on Family Night, Wednesday evening 9pm. With a double-double on Sunday, Willett now leads the NCAA (more than 1,200 institutions) with 10 double-doubles this season. At the Division II level, Will Vorhees of Notre Dame College (Ohio) is second with 8 double-doubles.

Shaquan Jules (201-F) and the No. 8 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team picked up a 99-76 victory at Clayton State Monday evening in a PBC contest. Jules led Aiked with two blocked shots, to go along with seven rebounds and four points. USC Aiken's 10-0 start is the best in the program's Division II history.The Pacers are now 10-0 on the season, including a 4-0 ledger in league play. The Pacers return to action Wednesday when they play at Georgia College at 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on

Miguel Arnold (180-PG) and the Augusta University are headed to the mountains to take on the University of North Georgia on Wednesday, Dec. 19 for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff. Arnold is coming off a 22 point effort on making six three pointers and six field goals and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The freshman can be seen on

Kwame McBean (203-F) had 12 points and 3 rebounds to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello (7-3) to an 83-54 victory over Ecclesia College on Monday in Monticello. Weevils went on a 17 - 2 run on the Royals to extend their led by 27 points. ( 62 - 35 with 9:09 left in the game).

Crucian Shaqur Martin and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-1) men's basketball were able to create separation in the final minute of overtime in a 90-84 win over Wayland Baptist Tuesday night. UMHB led by six points midway through the second half before Wayland Baptist took a 75-74 lead with nine seconds left. The Cru would draw a foul on its last possession and Shaqur Martin hit a free-throw to tie the game at 75 and send it to overtime. Martin's three-pointer gave UMHB a quick lead in overtime and the Pioneers never got closer than two points the rest of the way as the Cru was able to ice the game from the free-throw stripe. Martin had four blocks to go along with 11 points and three rebounds off the bench. The Cru will now have a 10-day break from games. UMHB returns to action with the Cru Classic on December 28-29th.

Champaign Central's Khailieo Terry scored 26 as the Maroons overpowered Eisenhower, 71-55. Terry the sophomore sensation had the highlight of the night with a 360 dunk.

J'wan Roberts and the 17th-ranked Shoemaker Grey Wolves (14-4, 3-1 12-6A) got back to the game plan following an overtime road loss last week and posted 27 points in the first quarter on the way to a 63-42 home win over Waco on Tuesday. The Grey Wolves held the lead the entire game but the Lions started to find their rhythm late in the fourth quarter. Roberts tallied 13 points in the contest.

Okeechobee High School senior Jemal Davis is this week's Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance with the Brahman basketball team.
Okeechobee High School has three double-figure scorers in seniors J-Quan Ferrol (14.5), Jemal Davis (14.3) and Kimani McIntosh (11.8). Davis also averages 11.8 rebounds.

Malcolm Farrington is shooting an impressive 52% from the 3pt line (52/100), 83% FT, 4.5 asst & 19 ppg.

Calabasas 67, Maranatha 56: Freshman Ramel Lloyd scored 14 points in his high school debut for Calabasas.

Brooklyn ends Nicolas Claxton's draft wait with first pick in NBA second round - 3 days ago
Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99)'s decision to leave Georgia after his sophomore season looked shrewd leading up to the NBA draft with all of the buzz that he'd go in the first round. Claxton's patience was tested Thursday night as he waited in the 'green room' of the Barclays Center and that goal of his didn't materialize. He slipped to the first pick of the second round before draft host Brooklyn selected him with the No. 31 overall pick. 'I just want to show people I can play,' Claxton sa...   [read more]

Murphy journey to the NBA to begin this summer - 3 days ago
Gophers great Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) will reportedly continue to represent Minnesota basketball. After going undrafted Thursday, one of the U's all-time great rebounders agreed to play in NBA Summer League with the Timberwolves, The Athletic's Sam Vecenie reported. Murphy finished his four-year Gophers' career with a program-best 1,307 rebounds, No. 2 in Big Ten history, and 1,766 points, fourth-best in Gophers history. The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 5. The last Gophers p...   [read more]

Utah Jazz wing Royce O'Neale seizes offseason growth with big opportunity ahead for Year 3 - 6 days ago
SALT LAKE CITY - Sounds of balls bouncing and sneakers squeaking echoed throughout West High on Monday morning as 140 kids were engaged in basketball drills when Royce O'Neale(198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< casually strolled into the gymnasium. Fresh off celebrating his 26th birthday not even two weeks earlier on June 5, the Utah Jazz wing was excited to be back in Utah for an appearance at the Jazz Youth Camps and Clinics' Rookie Camp session before hitting the road for the annual Junior...   [read more]

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