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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Jan 31, 2019


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WALTER HODGE
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.


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 one of league's weakest teams Atlas Ferzol (2-8) crushing them 87-65 in the Lebanese LBL last Sunday. Hodge was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 6 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Homentmen Beirut (8-2) is placed third in the LBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hodge's first season with the team. Hodge has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(49-89), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 87.3%. 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.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey). Elegar contributed to a 2-point Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (16-3) 93-91 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He recorded 7 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tofas Bursa (9-8) is placed third in the BSL. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.5%(20-31) and FT: 76.9% in five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. Elegar played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2016.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jordan Murphy (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to Minnesota's victory against the University of Iowa 92-87 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Murphy recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 2 blocks. 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 Murphy has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 68.5%. Murphy has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #4. Small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently studies in the States) contributed to Georgia's victory against the The University of Texas 98-88 in the NCAA last Saturday. Claxton scored 18 points, had 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 29 minutes. The University of Georgia has 1-4 conference record this season. This year Claxton has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2.9bpg and 1.3spg in 20 games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

LaRon Smith
LaRon Smith
   #5. International forward LaRon Smith (204-93, college: Auburn, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to Yambol's surprising victory against the league leader Beroe 111-110 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. Tundja Yambol (4-10) is placed seventh in the NBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Smith has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 4.0bpg. 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 plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Jamaal Samuel
Jamaal Samuel
   #6. Forward Jamaal Samuel (206-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Mexico). He could not help Huracanes (6-26) to beat Fuerza Regia (27-7). Samuel recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. The seventh-placed Huracanes (6-26) lost 67-77 at home to the leading Fuerza Regia in the North group. Samuel's stats this year are: 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg in seven games. He holds both American and U.S. Virgin Islands passports. Samuel 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) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Florida (2-3) 81-64 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Kennesaw State University has 0-4 conference record this season. Clarke has been at the team for four years. This year Clarke's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Jahmiah Simmons
Jahmiah Simmons
   #8. Forward Jahmiah Simmons (193-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of North Texas to win against the Middle Tennessee State University (6-0) 70-53 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Simmons scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of North Texas have quite an impressive 5-1 conference record this season. Simmons' total stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Stephaun Adams
Stephaun Adams
   #9. International guard Stephaun Adams (185-96, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Campbellsville University (2-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Campbellsville University was edged 82-81 on the road by the Shawnee State University. Adams scored 10 points, had 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. This season Adams has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.4apg and 2.1spg. Adams is also in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Rashawn Fredericks
Rashawn Fredericks
   #10. Swingman Rashawn Fredericks (196-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Cincinnati's shocking victory against the The University of Tulsa (3-2) crushing them 88-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. The University of Cincinnati has 3-2 conference record this season. This year Fredericks' total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.9rpg in 21 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.


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 (12-40) 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 16-34 record this season. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 9.9rpg and 2.2apg in 34 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), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Arizona St. (4-2) to beat the University of Southern California (1-5). He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Arizona St. was edged 69-67 at home by the University of Southern California. Lake's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg.

   #3. Quennel Francis (183-PG, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to an easy victory against the Johnson and Wales University, FL crushing them 97-61 in the NAIA last Saturday. Francis scored 8 points in only 8 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Southeastern University has quite an impressive 10-1 record this season. This year Francis averages only 2.0ppg in 11 games.

  



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