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Deon Edwin selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - Apr 11, 2019


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


Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St., currently plays in Ukraine). He led Khimik to a victory over the closely-ranked Dnipro (14-14) 92-86 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Monday. Edwin was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only Edwin's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (19-9) is placed second in the Superleague. It's Edwin's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Edwin averages: 16.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 68.9%. 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 contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Buyukcekmece (6-17) crushing them 102-72 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 24 minutes. Tofas Bursa (14-13) is placed third in the BSL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Elegar's first season with the team. Elegar has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 67.5%(54-80) and FT: 65.0% in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. Elegar played for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team in 2016.

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). Smith was the main contributor in Yambol's victory against the league outsider Cherno More (3-18) crushing them 105-65 in the Bulgarian NBL in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Smith recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Tundja Yambol (8-13) is placed seventh in the NBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Smith has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.8bpg. He is another player who 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 a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #4. Point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Hoops Club (6-10) crushing them 87-62 in a derby game in the Lebanese LBL last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Hodge scored 15 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. Homentmen Beirut (12-4) is placed second in the LBL. Hodge has very impressive stats this year: 21.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.9apg and 1.4spg in 19 games. He has both U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican nationalities. Hodge 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) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader London Lions (21-4) 80-64 in the British BBL on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Gray recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bristol Academy Flyers (15-3) is placed first in the BBL. Gray has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1bpg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands 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) could not help the Atlanta Hawks (29-53) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (29-53) were edged 135-134 on the road by the Indiana Pacers. Collins had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 25 rebounds. He also added 6 assists in 36 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Collins' second season in pro basketball. It was Hawks' third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Collins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.0apg in 61 games he played so far. Collins has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and American.

   #2. Charles Vanderpool (203-F/C-87, college: Bridgeport, currently plays in Barbados) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Pinelands in their game against Bulls (6-0) in the Barbados BABA. Vanderpool scored 5 points, had 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 19 minutes. Pinelands lost 86-101 to the leading Bulls. The Regular Season already ended. This year Vanderpool's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Barbados.


Other top U.S. Virgin Islands players, who play abroad:

Jamaal Samuel (206-F-93) plays for Plaza in Dominican Rep. Santiago League
Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Ivan Aska (201-F-90) plays for SK Knights in South Korean KBL
Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94) plays for Partizani in Albanian Superliga
Amir Nesbitt (182-PG-1) plays for Hampton Roads Academy in the
Malcolm Farrington (191-G-99) plays for DME Sports Academy in the

  



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