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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - Jan 2, 2013


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We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Justin Griffin
Justin Griffin
   #1. Justin Griffin (194-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Mexico) led Soles to a victory over the 13th-ranked Guerreros (8-28) crushing them 113-86 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. Griffin was MVP of the game. He scored 33 points (!!!) in 25 minutes. Soles de Mexicali (27-9) is placed fourth in the LNBP. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Griffin has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 35 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
   #2. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help LrNMKY (10-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Conley's very good performance LrNMKY was defeated 75-63 on the road by the lower-ranked Kouvot (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 15 rebounds. It's Conley's first season with the team. Conley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Conley averages: 22.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention Conley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last year he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Union Monaco.

Olaseni Lawal
Olaseni Lawal
   #3. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) led Tezenis VE to a victory over the closely-ranked AcegasAps TR (7-5) 67-51 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Lawal had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. Tezenis Verona (7-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2. Lawal is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 13.5rpg, 1.6bpg and 2.2spg in the 13 games he played so far. Lawal is a naturalized American. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Three years ago Lawal played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Brussels.

Allen Durham
Allen Durham
   #4. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Afula to a victory over the league outsider Maccabi Kiryat Bialik (1-10) crushing them 97-77 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Durham recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 blocks. Hapoel Afula (8-3) is placed third in the National League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Durham is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Durham averages: 23.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 Durham attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Lugano.

Lawrence Blackledge
Lawrence Blackledge
   #5. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Marquette, currently plays in Japan) led Iwate Big Bulls to a victory over the 11th-ranked Saitama Broncos (2-18) crushing them 97-53 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Blackledge was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Blackledge also added 9 blocks in 28 minutes. Iwate Big Bulls (16-6) are placed third in Eastern group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Blackledge is currently second on the list of best blockers with 2.9bpg. This year he also averages: 12.2ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.0apg in the 18 games he played so far. He played in 2008at the Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City for Team Sevilla.

Jason Horton
Jason Horton
   #6. Jason Horton (188-G-86, college: Missouri, currently plays in Mexico) led Barreteros to a victory over the league outsider Gigantes (3-33) crushing them 93-71 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Horton recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 13 passes. He also added 6 rebounds. Barreteros de Zacatecas (14-22) is placed tenth in the LNBP. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Horton is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Horton averages: 17.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 8.4apg and 1.9spg. Horton attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

Justin Knox
Justin Knox
   #7. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to a victory over the closely-ranked Gelisim (7-8) 75-60 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Saturday night's game. Knox was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Knox's second season in pro basketball. Vestelspor Manisa (9-6) is placed eighth in the TB2L. Knox is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Knox averages: 18.3ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3bpg in the 15 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Cologne, Germany in 2011.

P.J. Hill jr.
P.J. Hill jr.
   #8. P.J. Hill jr. (182-PG-87, college: Ohio St., currently plays in Latvia) led Jekabpils to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Liepaja (5-10) crushing them 106-67 in the Latvian LBL last Thursday. Hill jr. recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 10 passes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. BK Jekabpils (10-7) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hill jr. belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hill jr. averages: 16.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.9apg. He played three years ago at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Venice.

Nate Linhart
Nate Linhart
   #9. Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a TBB Trier's victory against the 14th-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-10) 78-59 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Linhart recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. TBB Trier (9-7) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Linhart's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games he played so far. He attended in 2009 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

Michael Hunter
Michael Hunter
   #10. Michael Hunter (178-PG, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in Mexico) faced previously mentioned Justin Griffin in the Mexican LNBP last game. Hunter, who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help the league outsider Guerreros (0-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Guerreros was crushed 113-86 at home by the lower-ranked Soles (#4). Hunter was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hunter has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Venice at the ESL in Las Vegas two years ago.  




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