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Walter Hodge's 35 points make him top U.S. Virgin Islands player abroad of the week - Apr 25, 2019

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

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 (12-4) in their last game. Despite Hodge's very good performance Homentmen lost 72-76 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#4) Beirut Club. He was the top scorer with 35 points. Hodge also added 8 passes in 39 minutes on the court. It's Hodge's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 22.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 7.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 83.9% in 23 games he played so far. 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.

Deon Edwin
Deon Edwin
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Deon Edwin (190-92, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St., currently plays in Ukraine). He was the major contributor in Khimik's victory against the closely-ranked Kyiv Basket (28-4) 92-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Monday. Edwin scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his 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. This season Edwin has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 58.2%(185-318), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 68.9%. Edwin is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Justin Gray (198-95, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Bristol Acadamy Flyers to a victory against the league outsider Worcester Wolves (5-25) 92-88 in the British BBL on Friday night. Gray had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Gray's third season in pro basketball. Bristol Academy Flyers (15-3) is placed first in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gray has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 72.4% in 29 games. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

LaRon Smith
LaRon Smith
   #4. Forward LaRon Smith (204-93, college: Auburn, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help Yambol (8-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Yambol was defeated 74-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Rilski (#5). Smith recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Smith has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg and 2.7bpg. He is another player who 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 is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

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

Frank Elegar (208-C-86) plays for Tofas in Turkish BSL
Jamaal Samuel (206-F-93) plays for Plaza in Dominican Rep. Santiago League
John Collins (208-PF-97) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
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
Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90) plays for Ostioneros de Guaymas in Mexican CIBACOPA
Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94) plays for Partizani in Albanian Superliga
Charles Vanderpool (203-F/C-87) plays for Pinelands in Barbados BABA
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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