A pair of outstanding performances by Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) has earned the Sydney Kings guard the National Basketball League's Player of the Week award for Round Four of the iiNet NBL Championship.
Madgen was inspirational for the Kings, stepping in to fill the void left by James Harvey's absence due to a broken arm and leading Sydney to consecutive road wins. The 2011 NBL Rookie of the Year winner started his team's Sunshine Swing' to Far North Queensland with a 23-point, eight-rebound and five-assist effort in Sydney's 92-87 win over Townsville on Friday night.
The 193cm guard then scored 22 points as the Kings came from behind to register a victory over the Cairns Taipans at the Cairns Convention Centre on Sunday, 71-69. Madgen had 11 points in the final period alone, including making a crucial three-pointer in the final minute to help kick-start the Kings' remarkable comeback. He made 5-of-7 three-pointers for the match and 8-of-13 field goals at 62%.
For the round, Madgen averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, shooting at 54.5% from the field and 60.5% from the perimeter. He becomes the second Sydney Kings player to win an NBL weekly honour this season, joining teammate Corin Henry who took out the Round Two award.
Wollongong Hawks' import guard Adris 2Hard2Guard' Deleon can consider himself incredibly unlucky to have been edged out by Madgen for the award. Deleon turned in a match-winning performance for the Hawks as they pulled off a stunning comeback of their own to defeat the Adelaide 36ers 77-63 at Adelaide Arena on Sunday.
The exciting American reeled off 14 points in the final period to help the Hawks surge past the 36ers from two points down at the final change. Deleon tore the Adelaide defence to shreds as he either scored or set-up a teammate on virtually every play. He finished with 23 points, seven assists and three rebounds for the game in a performance for the ages.
Other leading contenders for Player of the Week in Round Four included Cedric Jackson (New Zealand), Thomas Abercrombie (New Zealand), Seth Scott (Melbourne), Cameron Tragardh (Cairns), Anthony Petrie (Adelaide), Gary Ervin (Townsville), Ben Allen (Townsville), Lance Hurdle (Wollongong), Corin Henry (Sydney) and Ian Crosswhite (Sydney).
The Perth Wildcats have signed West Australian guard Jackson Hussey (190-G-92, college: Pikeville) as an injury replacement for Jarrod Kenny(188-G-85) Hussey recently completed the 2016 State Basketball League season with the Geraldton Buccaneers. In 13 games, he averaged 20.3 points at over 45 per cent from the field, while accumulating 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. In a pre-season game against the Wildcats in September, Hussey impressed Wildcats coaches with a strong perform... [read more]
Brandon McGill (185-G-89, college: St.Vincent) former player of Kalamunda Eastern Suns (Australia-SBL) gave an interview: Why you decided to be a pro player. I decided to become a professional basketball player because it is my first love and I believe doing what you love is the only thing that makes sense. There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not... [read more]
Brandon McGill (185-G-89, college: St.Vincent) former player of Kalamunda Eastern Suns (Australia-SBL) gave an interview:
Why you decided to be a pro player.
I decided to become a professional basketball player because it is my first love and I believe doing what you love is the only thing that makes sense.
There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.
It is a VERY complicated decision to make, but one I was just forced to make last week actually. At the end of the day I know I have the patience to wait for the next deal, so I cannot compromise my self worth just to take the first offer on the table. Which was the best game you had in your career so far?
The best game I've had so far came while I was playing for Surrey in the BBL (UK). It was the only game of our season that would be televised on Eurosport, so I knew this was an opportunity I had to seize. I finished with a career-high of 37 points on 12/16 shooting. Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.
My strong point is my basketball IQ and my weakness is not dunking at every opportunity.
Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?
Randle's 23 points and 8 assists give him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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29-year old point guard Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 36ers and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. He had the game-high 23 points adding two rebounds and eight assists for 36ers in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Taipans (#8, 0-3) with 16-point margin 83-67. 36ers is placed at 3rd position in Australia league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lo... [read more]
29-year old point guard Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 36ers and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. He had the game-high 23 points adding two rebounds and eight assists for 36ers in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Taipans (#8, 0-3) with 16-point margin 83-67. 36ers is placed at 3rd position in Australia league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. 36ers will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Randle had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be 36ers' top player in his first season with the team. University of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randle is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Randle is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of league's second-best Wildcats. He is American swingman in his 2nd season at Wildcats. In the last game Prather recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Wildcats cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over Hawks (1-4). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Prather is well-known at Wildcats and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 3.8apg.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Greg Whittington (203-F-93) of league's leader Kings. Whittington scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Kings, leading his team to a 92-78 easy win against Breakers (#6, 1-3). Kings confirms their top position in the standings. Whittington has a great season in Australia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks - 15 points and 12 rebounds 5. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Akil Mitchell (206-F-92) of Breakers - 20 points and 4 rebounds 8. Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Kevin Lisch (188-C-86) of Kings - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Matthew Knight (204-C/F-85) of Wildcats - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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