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Walter Hodge's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad: - Jan 24, 2019


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


Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Lebanon). He led Homentmen to a victory over the closely-ranked Byblos (4-6) 103-95 in the Lebanese LBL last Monday. Hodge was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 10 passes. Hodge also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Homentmen Beirut (7-2) is placed third in the LBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hodge has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(44-79), 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 86.2%. Hodge has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St., currently plays in Ukraine). Edwin was the main contributor in Khimik's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cherkasy (4-10) 92-89 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Edwin had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 6 steals in 31 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Edwin's second season in pro basketball. BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (14-5) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Edwin has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.0%(94-154), 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 68.9% in 19 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Justin Gray (198-95, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom). Gray could not help Bristol Acadamy Flyers (7-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers was defeated 79-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Manchester Giants (#7). Gray was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Gray's first season with the team. Gray has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 70.2%. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Jamaal Samuel
Jamaal Samuel
   #4. Forward Jamaal Samuel (206-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to Huracanes' victory against the sixth-ranked Santos (11-21) 108-101 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. Samuel scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. Huracanes de Tampico (6-24) is placed seventh in North group. Samuel has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4bpg and 1.8spg in five games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Samuel is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #5. Former international forward Jordan Murphy (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Minnesota's victory against the The Pennsylvania State University (2-5) 65-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 21 rebounds. Murphy also added 6 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. The University of Minnesota has 4-3 conference record this season. Murphy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Minnesota's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1bpg. Murphy has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #6. Small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Georgia (1-4) in their last game. Despite Claxton's very good performance his team lost 82-92 at home to the Louisiana State University. He scored 15 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. Claxton has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.1apg, 3.0bpg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

LaRon Smith
LaRon Smith
   #7. International forward LaRon Smith (204-93, college: Auburn, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to secure a victory for Yambol (3-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Yambol was badly defeated 87-68 on their home court in Yambol by the higher-ranked Balkan (#3). Smith was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Smith's stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 3.0bpg. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Worth to mention Smith played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Smith is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Kyle Clarke
Kyle Clarke
   #8. Guard Kyle Clarke (196-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. (0-4) in their game against the David Lipscomb University (0-4) in the NCAA. He recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. his team was crushed 86-57 on their home court in Kennesaw by the David Lipscomb University. So far Kennesaw St. lost all four games in the conference Clarke has been at the team for four years. This season Clarke's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Jahmiah Simmons
Jahmiah Simmons
   #9. International forward Jahmiah Simmons (193-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of North Texas to win against the Rice University (5-0) 76-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Simmons scored only 2 points. The University of North Texas have a very good 5-1 conference record this season. Simmons' total stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Stephaun Adams
Stephaun Adams
   #10. Guard Stephaun Adams (185-96, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Campbellsville University (2-3) in their game against the University of the Cumberlands (2-3) in the NAIA. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He scored 14 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. This season Adams has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.3apg and 2.1spg. Adams is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.


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) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Chicago Bulls (11-37) crushing them 121-101 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Collins scored 35 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Atlanta Hawks have rather weak 15-32 record this season. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 10.3rpg and 2.4apg in 31 games he played so far. Collins has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Quennel Francis (183-PG, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help Southeastern University in a victory against the Webber International University 84-80 in the NAIA last Saturday. Francis scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Southeastern University has a very good 10-1 record this season. This year Francis averages just 1.3ppg in nine games.

  



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