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Jamaal Samuel selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 7, 2019


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


Jamaal Samuel
Jamaal Samuel
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Jamaal Samuel (206-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Dominican Republic). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Plaza (5-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Samuel's very good performance Plaza was defeated 104-94 in a derby game by the second-ranked Sameji. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Samuel also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Samuel has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(311-506), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 77.2%. Samuel has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. He is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey). Elegar led Tofas to a victory against the tenth-ranked Darussafaka (7-11) 80-72 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. Tofas Bursa (10-11) is placed third in the BSL. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 63.8%(37-58) and FT: 75.0% in eight 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.

Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St., currently plays in Ukraine). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Khimik (18-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Edwin's good performance Khimik was edged 76-75 at home by the leading Dnipro. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Edwin also added 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Edwin's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Edwin averages: 15.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.3%(132-219), 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 69.3%. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Nicolas Claxton
Nicolas Claxton
   #4. Small forward Nicolas Claxton (211-99, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Georgia's victory against the University of Florida (3-13) 61-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. Claxton scored 25 points and blocked 3 blocks in 35 minutes. The University of Georgia has 1-4 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Claxton has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.4bpg and 1.1spg in 29 games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #5. International forward Justin Gray (198-95, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Bristol Acadamy Flyers (13-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gray's very good performance the league leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers was defeated 95-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Newcastle Eagles (#6). He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Gray has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #6. Forward Jordan Murphy (201-97, currently studies in the States) contributed to Minnesota's victory against the Purdue University 73-69 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Murphy had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 37 minutes. The University of Minnesota has 4-3 conference record this season. Murphy's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Murphy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Minnesota's roster. His stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 11.7rpg and 2.7apg in 30 games. Murphy has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. He is a former international player as he played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior team three years ago.

Kyle Clarke
Kyle Clarke
   #7. International guard Kyle Clarke (196-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. (3-13) in their game against the David Lipscomb University (14-2) in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes. The Kennesaw St. lost 71-86 on their home court in Kennesaw to the David Lipscomb University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Clarke has been at the team for four years. This season Clarke's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg in 30 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) couldn't help the N.Texas (5-1) in their game against the Marshall University (4-1) in the NCAA. Simmons scored 5 points. his team were edged 85-82 in Huntington by the Marshall University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Simmons' total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 4.2rpg. 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) couldn't help the Campbellsville University (7-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the Campbellsville University was defeated 86-79 in Georgetown by the College. Adams scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season. This season Adams has very high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg 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 Cincinnati's surprising victory against the Southern Methodist University (5-11) 52-49 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. The University of Cincinnati has a solid 12-4 conference record this season. Fredericks' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. This year Fredericks' total stats are: 2.6ppg and 2.4rpg in 29 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) was the major contributor in an Atlanta Hawks' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-35) 131-123 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Collins' second season in pro basketball. The Atlanta Hawks have not so impressive 22-44 record this season. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.0apg in 47 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. (11-6) to beat the University of Oregon. Lake scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Arizona St. was crushed 79-51 at home by the University of Oregon. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Lake's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #3. Quennel Francis (183-PG, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Southeastern University (13-6) in their last game. Despite Francis' very good performance the Southeastern University was crushed 106-85 on the road by the University of Jamestown. He scored 15 points in 28 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NAIA. This year Francis averages only 6.6ppg in 18 games.

  



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