31-year old forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Wildcats and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. He had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Wildcats in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tigers (#6, 5-9) 73-58. Wildcats maintains the 2nd position in Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Wildcats will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Redhage has many years of experience at Wildcats, through which he has constantly improved. Arizona State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Redhage is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.7ppg), assists (9th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 1.1bpg.
Second best performed player last round was Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers. He is a center in his first season at 36ers. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive 24 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead 36ers to another comfortable win 82-64 over slightly higher-ranked Kings (#3, 10-8) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed 36ers to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Johnson is a newcomer at 36ers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#6). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles (#8). Ervin scored 29 points and passed four assists. Despite Ervin's great performance Crocodiles lost 78-82 to the higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 13-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Crocodiles not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ervin could try to bring Crocodiles' a little bit higher in the standings. Ervin has individually a great season in Australia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.5apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83) of Hawks - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Crocodiles - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 14 points and 8 rebounds 7. Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78) of Taipans - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Glen Saville (197-F/G-76) of Hawks - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
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No 2016 Olympics for rehabbing Jazz guard Dante Exum - 5 days ago
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Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum(198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Ri... [read more]
Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum (198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Jazz are very pleased with the progress Exum has made in the months following his knee surgery at the end of last summer. Though gaining more international experience might've been good for Exum, the decision to remain in Utah to continue working on his fitness and developing his skill set could be considered a prudent move for him and the Jazz. Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country." Exum was recently given the green light to participate in full-contact basketball activities, and he's progressed from playing one-on-one and three-on-three games to game-like five-on-five scrimmages with fellow Jazz players and others, including BYU alum Tyler Haws. Exum had surgery last September on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, which he injured on Aug. 4 while trying to make a move in the paint during an Australian exhibition game against Slovenia. That injury kept him sidelined throughout the 2015-16 season. The Jazz had been very optimistic about the progress Exum made earlier in the offseason after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie in 2014-15 after being picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Ironically, the Melbourne, Australia, native became just the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games. Courtesy of: desertnews.com
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Seaso... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Loe received also Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Honorable Mention award back in 2009 at his college time. Loe represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg. Loe has played also professionally in New Zealand (Northside). He attended Saint Louis University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Loe is described as:
A big bodied PF who can easily spend time in the 5 position too. Has good offensive skills with a great shooting touch.
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