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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 21, 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 could not help Homentmen (11-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite Hodge's very good performance Homentmen was defeated 86-81 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Beirut Club (#4). He scored 19 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Hodge's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Hodge's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 20.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 84.7%. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. Hodge 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). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Sakarya BSB (5-14) 89-72 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Elegar scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Tofas Bursa (11-12) is placed third in the BSL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(44-66) and FT: 71.4% in 10 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 led Minnesota to a 2-point victory against the Purdue University (16-4) 75-73 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Murphy scored 27 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The University of Minnesota has 9-11 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. 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 relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 69.2%. He has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. Murphy played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team three years ago.

LaRon Smith
LaRon Smith
   #4. Forward LaRon Smith (204-93, college: Auburn, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help Yambol (7-11) in their last game. Despite Smith's good performance Yambol was edged 78-75 at home by the leading Levski Lukoil. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Smith's second season in pro basketball. It was Yambol's first loss after four consecutive victories. Smith has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.3bpg in seven games. He also holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and American. Worth to mention he 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.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #5. International forward Justin Gray (198-95, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Bristol Acadamy Flyers to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Scorchers (5-19) 80-73 in the British BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bristol Academy Flyers (13-3) is placed first in the BBL. Gray's stats this season are: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

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 secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Georgia (2-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Georgia was defeated 71-61 on their home court in Athens by the University of Missouri. Claxton recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Claxton averaged so far 13.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2.5bpg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

Jahmiah Simmons
Jahmiah Simmons
   #7. International forward Jahmiah Simmons (193-98, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the N.Texas (8-10) in their game against the Western Kentucky University (11-7) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. The N.Texas were badly defeated 67-51 on their home court in Denton by the Western Kentucky University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Stephaun Adams
Stephaun Adams
   #8. Guard Stephaun Adams (185-96, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Campbellsville University (7-7) in their game against the Lewis-Clark State College (13-5) in the NAIA, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. Adams scored 19 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. But the Campbellsville University was edged 71-70 on the road by the Lewis-Clark State College. His team will play only one more game in the NAIA National Tournament Round 1. And now that game is quite important. Adams has very impressive stats this year: 18.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg and 2.3spg in 24 games. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Rashawn Fredericks
Rashawn Fredericks
   #9. Former international swingman Rashawn Fredericks (196-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Cincinnati to win against the Wichita State University (10-8) 66-63 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Fredericks recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Cincinnati has a very solid 14-4 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Fredericks' overall stats this year are: 2.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team two years ago.


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 Memphis Grizzlies (29-42) crushing them 132-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Collins had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Collins' second season in pro basketball. The Atlanta Hawks have not so impressive 24-48 record this season. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.9apg in 53 games he played so far. Collins has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Liga Americas) contributed to Capitanes' victory against the closely-ranked Las Animas (0-3) 78-69 in the Liga Americas in Sunday night's game. Christmas scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (1-2) is placed third in group F. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. This year Christmas' overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.3rpg in three games.

   #3. De'Quon Lake (208-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Arizona St.'s victory against the St. John's University (8-9) 74-65 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Wednesday night. Lake scored 6 points in only 8 minutes. The Arizona State University has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. This year Lake's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 3.8rpg in 32 games.

  



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