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Frank Elegar selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 14, 2019


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FRANK ELEGAR
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Virgin Islanders who are currently playing abroad.


Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Tofas (10-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Elegar's good performance Tofas was edged 90-89 on the road by the much lower-ranked Banvit (#11). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Elegar also added 9 rebounds. It's Elegar's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(42-63) and FT: 72.1%. Elegar has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. He played for the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team three years ago.

Jamaal Samuel
Jamaal Samuel
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jamaal Samuel (206-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Dominican Republic). Samuel was not able to help Plaza (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Plaza (1-3) lost 94-104 in a derby game to the leading Sameji in the Places 1-4 group. Samuel was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Samuel's third season in pro basketball. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Samuel has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 85.7% in two games he played so far. Samuel is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. He is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

LaRon Smith
LaRon Smith
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward LaRon Smith (204-93, college: Auburn, currently plays in Bulgaria). He was the major contributor in Yambol's victory against one of league's weakest teams Academic Sofia (4-13) crushing them 107-77 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Smith recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tundja Yambol (7-10) is placed seventh in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Smith has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.7bpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(38-58). He has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. Worth to mention Smith played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Smith 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) was not able to secure a victory for Bristol Acadamy Flyers (13-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers lost 83-89 in Guildford to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Scorchers. Gray was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks in 39 minutes. Gray has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He 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), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Minnesota (9-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Murphy's good performance the Minnesota was defeated 69-60 at home by the University of Maryland. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Murphy also added 3 blocks. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. 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 2.6apg. Murphy also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. 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 couldn't help the Georgia (2-16) in their last game. Despite Claxton's good performance the Georgia was badly defeated 66-46 on their home court in Athens by the University of South Carolina. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Claxton also added 4 blocks in 37 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Claxton's stats this year are: 13.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2.4bpg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He 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) could not help the Atlanta Hawks (24-45) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (24-45) were edged 114-112 on the road by the Brooklyn Nets. Collins had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 20 rebounds in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.9ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.9apg in 50 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 to win against the University of Arizona (7-11) 72-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lake scored only 2 points and had 3 steals. The Arizona State University has a solid 11-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Lake's overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #3. Quennel Francis (183-PG, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Southeastern University (13-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Southeastern University was crushed 106-85 in Jamestown by the University of. Francis 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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