Center Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Kings maintains the 3rd position in Australian NBL. Kings is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 19 games. In the team's last game Crosswhite had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former University of Oregon star has very solid stats this year. Crosswhite is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 60.2% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. Adris Deleon (180-G-84) of Hawks. Deleon had a very good evening with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Hawks was edged by the higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 15-3) 72-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hawks still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Deleon is a newcomer at Hawks, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Gary Ervin (183-PG-83) of Crocodiles (#6). Ervin showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Crocodiles, leading his team to a 82-74 win against slightly higher-ranked Hawks (#4, 8-9). 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 six 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 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.5apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jonny Flynn (183-G-89) of Tigers - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 26 points and 7 rebounds 6. Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83) of Taipans - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of Breakers - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of Tigers - 18 points and 5 rebounds 9. Matthew Knight (203-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 15 points and 7 rebounds 10. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) of 36ers - 19 points and 6 rebounds
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)
The Brisbane Bullets have released Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) from his contract with the club ahead of today's game against Melbourne United. Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he did not make the decision to release Beal lightly, but felt it was in the best interests of the team, both in terms of winning games this season and building for the future. "We have not been able to get the best out of Jermaine, and he has not been contributing to the level that he want... [read more]
Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he did not make the decision to release Beal lightly, but felt it was in the best interests of the team, both in terms of winning games this season and building for the future.
"We have not been able to get the best out of Jermaine, and he has not been contributing to the level that he wants to and it has become frustrating for both parties," Lemanis said.
"We have decided that it is best for the team to let Jermaine leave and to focus on the rest of the group for the remainder of the season,
"We believe this decision gives us the best opportunity to continue to compete and win games this season.
"We are also building a long-term program here and believe this is also in the best interests of continuing to develop our team and club culture," he said.
In 23 games for Brisbane (9-14, 8th), Beal averaged 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Taipans sign Tony Mitchell, ex Hapoel Eilat - 1 day ago
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Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive sea... [read more]
Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Mitchell won D-League championship title in 2014. He is quite experienced player. Mitchell has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Banco di Srd and Dolomiti Energia Trento), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), China (Jilin Tigers) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants). Mitchell attended University of Alabama until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player. He could be described:
A very good scorer, with great athletic abilities and all-around playing skills. He can easily beat his man and create for his own and teammates.
TheGold Coast Rollers have kicked off a recruiting drive that has netted them current Brisbane Bullets NBL star Torrey Craig (198-F-90, college: USC Upstate). Gold Coast City Regional Basketball Association general manager Joel McInnes has described American Craig as "definitely the biggest signing by the Rollers in the club's state league history". Craig will switch to the Rollers for this year's Queensland Basketball League season that starts in April when his Bullets commitments are... [read more]
Gold Coast City Regional Basketball Association general manager Joel McInnes has described American Craig as "definitely the biggest signing by the Rollers in the club's state league history".
Craig will switch to the Rollers for this year's Queensland Basketball League season that starts in April when his Bullets commitments are finished.
"He is a solid import and currently heads rebound statistics for the NBL," McInnes said.
Craig is a 26-year-old who hails from the USC Upstate Spartans in South Carolina.
At 198cm and 98kg, Craig is a swingman who played for the Cairns Taipans (NBL) for two seasons, then for Wellington Saints in the New Zealand domestic league in 2015 when he won that competition's most valuable player award.
The NZ NBL and the QBL are played during the NBL's offseason.
The Rollers, who have struggled in the QBL for a number of years, are on the verge of bigger things with a second American, currently playing NBL, in their sights.
And the Rollers have had a significant off-court win with well-known Gold Coast entertainment promoter Billy Cross coming on board.
Cross will be a backer of sorts but his main focus will be on getting sponsors on board.
"I like the idea of setting up pathways for our juniors because basketball is a fast-growing sport through the schools," Cross said.
Cross has two sons - Josh and Nick - who have taken to basketball.
It is understood the Rollers will announce a new naming-rights sponsor early next week.
But in a blow to the club, it has been confirmed that women's coach Megan Thompson has accepted a teaching-basketball opportunity in Perth.
Thompson had been with the Rollers for two seasons and last year took the side to the playoffs.
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