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HOOPS REPORT 1/7 - Jan 7, 2019


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Ivan Aska
The five year reign of Usie Richards at FIBA AMERICAS President is coming to a close. Hopefully he enjoys his final months and promote small nations agendas.
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.

SOUTH KOREA -- Defending champion Seoul SK Knights (KBL) added to their roster 28-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St.). Aska started the season at Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league and in played in only six games as he recorded 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.0apg this season. Aska got off on a fast start posting 13 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to ET Land Elephants, 66-59. The Virgin Islands national team player rebounded with 17 points, 11 rebounds and two steals to pick up his first win in Asia over KT Sonicboom, 91-90, on Saturday. SK Knights improves to 11-20 and with 23 games left on the schedule.

LEBANON-- Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) and the defending champions Homenetmen (6-2) fell to Al Riyadi (7-1), 90-77, Friday in a rematch of last season's finals of the Lebanese Basketball League. Hodge poured in 27 points (8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line along with seven assists.

UNITED KINGDOM -- BBL Championship
Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) and Bristol Flyers could not hang with first place London Lions, 81-68, in the British Basketball League. London Lions continue to look very strong and held Bristol to just 10 points in the third and then endured a scoreless spell of over four minutes. Gray had 12 points and three rebounds as the Flyers record dips to 7-4.
HIGHLIGHTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLKZGY1TRk

UKRAINE - Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) and Khimik (11-4) will be back in action on Friday as they play Politekhnik in the SuperLeague. Khimik is in sole possession of first place.

CYPRESS - LaRon Smith (204-F-93, college: Auburn) and Etha played in the most exciting game of round 11 in the Division A. Etha (4-7) was outlasted by one-point to second ranked Keravnos (8-3), 70-69 on Saturday evening. Etha saw their two game winning streak snapped. Smith had a quiet night with 4 points and 4 rebounds.

NBA
Non- and partially guaranteed contracts get locked-in for the rest of the season around the Association. For the Jazz, that's the remainder of Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)<'s $1.4 million 2018-19 salary. Before the year, I said it was a no-brainer that O'Neale would get guaranteed, and I think it still is. That said, it's hard to deny that he's gone through multiple bouts of sophomore slumpage.

John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) deserves to be among the players on the top of this list. Sure, he might have missed the first fifteen games of the season, but when has that really mattered in All-Star voting? This is a fan vote, and it's disappointing not enough people are taking note of what this second-year player is doing. On the year, Collins is averaging 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds with a 21.19 PER. Those numbers alone are worthy for most All-Star teams, especially in a much weaker Eastern Conference. And what those stats do not take into account is that Collins came off a significant ankle injury and had a minutes restriction when he finally returned. It's really not appropriate to grade his play until the month of December.
To put it mildly, December was a John Collins break out party. He averaged 21.3 points per game and did so on an efficient 57.4% from the field while showcasing his newfound three-point arsenal, shooting 33.3% from behind the arc.
He also contributed 12.9 boards per night, which would be fifth in all of basketball and second among power forwards behind Anthony Davis over an entire year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHgiPND1KRU

CBSSports.com reported before Christmas that Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports) underwent knee surgery and would miss extended playing time for the Maine Red Claws in the G League, though there has been very little reported about it. Georges-Hunt had averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 36 minutes per game in nine games for the Red Claws.

Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (12-9) have won all three games in the New Year. The Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (10-9) opened 2019 on a strong note, defeating the Salt Lake City Stars (11-10), 103-93, then came back from a large deficit over Nothern Arizona, 110-93. Finally, they beat the Oklahoma City Blue (17-6) 112-94 and are now in the 7th place in the Western Division.

COLLEGE

D1
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) scored five points and 11 rebounds as Minnesota put No. 22 Wisconsin in an early hole before holding off a furious late rally to win 59-52 on Thursday night. The Golden Gophers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) ended an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry with their first victory at Wisconsin since 2009.

De'Quon Lake (208-F)< made a start and forty game time minutes later Arizona State was ringing the victory bell. The Devils (10-4, 1-1) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes 83-61 behind unwavering hustle. Lake finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 from the field and seven rebounds. "Yeah, I really needed this game," said Lake. "I feel like it got me back in rhythm, beginning of the season, I was getting shots open, rebounds but I was in a little bit of a slump, but being in the starting lineup today gave me a bounceback."

Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) had eight points and tow boards off the bench as Lipscomb men's basketball team (10-4, 1-0 ASUN) held off a pesky Jacksonville squad 77-74 Saturday night in the ASUN Conference opener at Swisher Gym in Jacksonville, Florida.

D2
Queens University of Charlotte senior forward Shaun Willett (193-F) was featured in SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Night, on Jan. 3, 2019, for a dunk that helped Queens to a 102-85 win over Virginia Union University at the Levine Center. The dunk, which was Willett's fourth of the game, was ranked No. 7 by ESPN. https://youtu.be/Amt-tY3Lo8E

Shaquan Jules (201-F) and the No. 6 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 108-81 victory over Columbus State Saturday afternoon in a PBC contest. Jules, a freshman, was perfect from the field 3-3, finished with seven points and four rebounds. The Pacers are now 12-0 overall and 6-0 in league play.

A free throw with 18 seconds left gave the University of Arkansas at Monticello a 75-74 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday in Alva, Okla. Kwame McBean (203-F) finished with 10 points to pace the Boll Weevils (9-3, 5-1 GAC).

D3
Crucian Shaqur Martin (190-F) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team stormed back from a 22-point second half deficit to send the game to overtime but saw a lead slip away in the third extra period as the Cru fell to Louisiana College 125-121 in triple overtime Saturday in Pineville. UMHB drops to 12-3 overall and 3-3 in American Southwest Conference play with the loss. The Cru trailed 70-48 with 14:08 left in regulation before going on a 43-20 run to grab a 91-90 lead on Martin's three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining. UMHB had two three-point leads in the first overtime, but could not hold off the Wildcats as the game went to a second extra session at 103-103. The Cru erased a five-point deficit in the second overtime and tied the game on a Martin three-point play to force a third overtime. UMHB built a 121-117 lead in the final OT, but went scoreless over the final 2:15 as Louisiana College battled back to get the win. Martin finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.

NAIA
Needing to go the length of the floor in about five seconds, Campbellsville University (14-2, 0-1) put the ball in the hands of Stephaun Adams (185-G-96) who got the ball knocked out of bounds as the refs awarded the ball to Georgetown College with just over a second left in the game resulting in a 69-67 loss. Adams had 17 points and five boards in a defensive battle between two top-10 teams.

JUCO
Malik Mooving (152-PG) and New Mexico Juco (13-3) split games at the New Year's Classic. The sophomore contributed 15 points and seven assists in a loss to Snow, 78-75 and 11 points with five rebounds in a win over Sunrise Christian, 61-59.

Behind of 12 points, five assists and four rebounds from Leonardo Castillo (193-G) ,Motlow State (9-6, 6-0) outlasted Lawson State, 89-83, on the road.

HIGH SCHOOL

GEORGIA -- JaRon Charles, Creekside HS (Atlanta) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNBXL10Jq2k

FLORIDA -- Malcolm Farrington Highlights https://twitter.com/CourtsideFilms/status/1081218802707283969?s=20
Farrington helped DME Academy (12-9) to the finals of the Grind 2018 Mustang Madness. He pitched in 16 points and four assists in a loss to South Garland (TX) that features university of Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkmD1FvnmxM

ILLINOIS - Branch (MS) 65, No. 9 Simeon 59: Junior 6'6' forward Sincere Callwood had 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for The Chicago High School. He played well at Pontiac, I wouldn't be shocked if he worked his way into the starting lineup at some point. Simeon lost to Olive Branch, Mississippi 65-59

VIRGINIA -- 2020 Amir Nesbitt (182-PG-01) best game at the Governors Challenge Christmas Tournament was 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists versus Father Henry. Nesbitt picked up another offer, this time from Loyola University to go along with offers from James Madison, North Texas, Bryant, Stony Broke, VCU and Hampton.

ILLINOIS -- Champaign Central's Khailieo Terry was named to the Centralia Holiday Tournament second team over the break. Champaign Central (8-6) reaped the benefits of Khailieo Terry staying out of foul trouble on Saturday night, as his game-high 32 points helped the Maroons to 70-51 victory over Belleville Althoff in their tournament opener in St. Joseph.

TEXAS --18th ranked Shoemaker (21-5, 6-1 12-6A) played through the struggles and took a 66-47 win over the Harker Heights Knights (9-12, 1-5) on Friday afternoon. Houston University signee J'Wan Roberts led Shoemaker with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. https://twitter.com/NikeProSkills/status/1080922647641305088?s=20

CALIFORNIA -- Hey Now, Ramel Lloyd had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Calabasas over Newbury Park, 71- 62 in Marmonte League opener for both teams.
https://twitter.com/Compton_Magic/status/1080176951698976768?s=20

6'4' Ja'shir Kean showing off the range Stephenson High School (GA)
https://twitter.com/ja_kean/status/1081379256834367488?s=20

6'7' Jahsean Corbett Highlights at Poinciana (FL)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5O5RxKUHTs

  




Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 16 hours ago
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. John Collins (208-PF-97) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Jordan
Murphy
Murphy comes to the twilight of his memorable career with Gophers - 21 hours ago
DES MOINES, Iowa - With a casual gait, Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) led the Gophers men's basketball players onto the court for the team's shootaround Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. The senior forward also was the last to leave. This isn't a surprise. During his four seasons at Minnesota, Murphy has never missed a practice. Not for a twisted ankle, dislocated finger, a random bout with the flu, or most likely, the accumulation of bumps and bruises (or something worse) from the banging he ex...   [read more]

Stephaun
Adams
Adams and Campbellsville lose in final moments - 23 hours ago
A 2018-19 season that saw the Campbellsville men's basketball team have eight final results come down to one possession and five one-point finishes came to and end Wednesday afternoon with a 71-70 loss to Lewis-Clark State College in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers led by 10 points at 63-53 after a layup from Joan Duran at the 8:07 mark but the Warriors finished the game on a 19-7 run to finish the game on their way to that 71-70 final score. All of their fina...   [read more]


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