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Deon Edwin selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 20, 2018


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


Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St., currently plays in Ukraine). He led Khimik to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Dnipro (9-5) 94-92 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Monday. Edwin was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and added 4 passes; not bad, considering it's only Edwin's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (10-4) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Edwin's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Edwin averages: 15.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 62.4%(63-101), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 76.8%. He is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey). Elegar was the major contributor in Tofas' victory against the sixth-ranked Gaziantep (4-6) 79-66 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Tofas this season. His team is placed second in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Elegar has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2016.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Lebanon). Hodge led Homentmen to a victory against the closely-ranked Champville (4-2) 76-68 in the Lebanese LBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Homentmen Beirut (4-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Hodge has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.4apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 79.4%. Hodge is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #4. Forward Justin Gray (198-95, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help Bristol Acadamy Flyers (7-1) in their last game. Despite Gray's very good performance the league leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers was edged 92-89 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#9) Manchester Giants. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Gray also added 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Gray's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8bpg and 1.3spg in 10 games he played so far. Gray is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #5. International small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Georgia's victory against the Oakland University 81-69 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Claxton also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. The University of Georgia has conference record this season. This year Claxton has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2.8bpg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Jahmiah Simmons
Jahmiah Simmons
   #6. Forward Jahmiah Simmons (193-98, currently studies in the States) contributed to N.Texas' victory against the University of New Mexico 74-65 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Simmons recorded 9 points in 22 minutes. The University of North Texas have conference record this season. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 4.8rpg in 12 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

Kyle Clarke
Kyle Clarke
   #7. International guard Kyle Clarke (196-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Kennesaw St. (0-0) in their game against the Elon University in the NCAA. Clarke recorded 7 points and blocked 2 blocks. his team was defeated 76-67 in Elon by the University. Clarke has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. Clarke is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Rashawn Fredericks
Rashawn Fredericks
   #8. Swingman Rashawn Fredericks (196-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Cincinnati to win against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles crushing them 93-64 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Cincinnati has conference record this season. It's Fredericks' first year with the team. Fredericks' total stats this year are: 3.7ppg and 1.9rpg. 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 (7-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (7-23) were badly defeated 144-127 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. Collins was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Collins' second season in pro basketball. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.4apg in 15 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) managed to help Arizona State University in a victory against the University of Georgia 76-74 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Arizona State University has conference record this season. This year Lake's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 5.1rpg in nine games.

  




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