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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad.
   #1. This week’s number one is an international power forward Ovie Soko (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Duquesne, currently plays in France). Soko could not help one of league’s weakest teams Le Mans (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was badly defeated 98-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) JL Bourg.
Soko was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court.
It was Le Mans’ first loss after four consecutive victories.
But the season is still in its first stage and everything can happen.
Soko has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 80.6% in six games he played so far.
Soko is currently a member of the British senior national team.
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Tarik Phillip (191-93, college: WVU, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Tofas‘ victory against the tenth-ranked Dacka (6-7) 85-72 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday.
Phillip scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Tofas Bursa (15-5) is placed third in the BSL.
It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row.
It’s Phillip’s first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(16-29), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 58.3% in five games.
Phillip is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the British senior national team. Strangely Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Samuel Idowu (204-97, college: St.Peter’s, currently plays in Denmark). He was not able to help Naestved (8-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Idowu’s very good performance the fifth-placed Naestved (8-6) was defeated 104-92 on the opponent’s court by the second-ranked Randers in the Pro A group.
He was the top scorer with 25 points. Idowu also added 4 rebounds.
This season Idowu has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(72-116), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 74.4%.
He played for the British U20 national team three years ago.

   #4. Center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Buyukcekmece‘s victory against the league outsider Fethiye (3-11) 66-59 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday.
Olaseni recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds.
Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (6-7) is placed ninth in the BSL.
This season Olaseni has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 8.3rpg.
Olaseni is also British national team player.

   #5. Former U20 international forward Benjamin Lawson (216-95, college: WKU, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Kyoto Hannaryz (7-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kyoto Hannaryz (#8) lost 83-88 in Tokyo to the higher-ranked (#3) Hitachi Sunrockers in the West group.
Lawson was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
This year Lawson’s overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.4apg in 15 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
five years ago.

   #6. Forward Kavell Bigby-Williams (211-95, college: LSU, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Cantu‘s victory against the closely-ranked Reggio Emilia (3-3) 78-68 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night’s game.
Bigby-Williams recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Acqua S.Bernardo Cantu (2-1) is placed first in the Serie A.
Bigby-Williams’ total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg.
He is a former international player as he played for the British senior team three years ago.

   #7. International swingman Morayo Soluade (196-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan‘s victory against the third-ranked Oviedo (4-4) 80-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Wednesday.
Soluade recorded 9 points in 17 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Leche Rio Breogan (7-1) is placed first.
It was his team’s fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Soluade’s total stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in eight games.
He used to play for the British national team
last year.

   #8. Center Aaron Menzies (221-96, college: St.Mary’s, CA, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Ourense (2-7) in their game against Valladolid (3-5) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Wednesday night’s game.
He was the top scorer with 15 points in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Menzies’ first season in pro basketball. But Ourense (#9) lost 78-88 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Valladolid in the Group A.
It was Ourense’s fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Menzies has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 1.9rpg in nine games.
Worth to mention Menzies played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2015.
   #9. Former U20 international point guard RJ Eytle-Rock (191-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn’t help the UMBC (3-1) in their game against the Binghamton University (1-3) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Monday Eytle-Rock scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Eytle-Rock has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.7apg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
two years ago.

   #10. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Real Canoe (5-5) in their game against Palma (4-5) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night.
Clark was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 46 minutes.
But Real Canoe (#6) was edged 100-99 in S’Arenal by the lower-ranked (#6) Palma in the Group B.
It was Real Canoe’s third consecutive loss in a row.
Clark’s stats this year are: 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in seven games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Amin Adamu (196-97, currently studies in the States) couldn’t help the one of league’s weakest teams Montana St. in their game against the University of Portland in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night’s game.
He recorded 13 points in 32 minutes.
But his team was edged 62-59.
Adamu averaged so far 14.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg in four games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Shaquille Walters (198, is currently at the American university) couldn’t help the one of league’s weakest teams one of league’s weakest teams Northeastern in their game against the University of Georgia in the NCAA.
Walters recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
His team was badly defeated by 18 points 76-58.
Walters has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2016.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Jubrile Belo (206-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amin Adamu and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Belo couldn’t help the one of league’s weakest teams one of league’s weakest teams one of league’s weakest teams Montana St. in their game against the University of Portland.
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes.
His team was edged 62-59.
Belo averaged so far 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in five games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Adam Thoseby (198-91, college: GSW, currently plays in Austria) couldn’t help Arkadia Lions in their game against Dukes in the Austrian BSL. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night’s game He scored 12 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals.
This season Thoseby has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg.
Thoseby attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Thoseby used to play for the British national team
back in 2018.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Daniel Akin (206-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned RJ Eytle-Rock and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Akin couldn’t help the UMBC in their game against the Binghamton University.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
His team lost 69-75.
Akin has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 7.3rpg in nine games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
two years ago.

The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:

   #1. Thomas Scrubb (199-F-91, college: Carleton, currently plays in France) could not help JL Bourg (5-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance JL Bourg lost 71-80 on the road to the leading JDA Dijon.
Scrubb was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 assists in 25 minutes.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
This year Scrubb averages: 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in seven games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Canadian.

   #2. O.G. Anunoby (201-F-97, college: Indiana, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (0-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Anunoby’s very good performance the Toronto Raptors (0-3) were defeated 100-93 in Philadelphia by the 76ers.
He recorded 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It’s Anunoby’s fourth year with the team.
Anunoby has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 12.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3bpg and 3.3spg.

   #3. Philip Scrubb (191-G-92, college: Carleton, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Limoges CSP Elite (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Limoges CSP Elite (1-3) was defeated 75-70 in Ankara by the leading Turk Telekom in the group G of Basketball Champions League.
Scrubb was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It’s Scrubb’s first season with the team.
This year Scrubb has very high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 5.0apg.
Scrubb is another player who holds two passports: British and Canadian.

   #4. Obi Emegano (189-G-93, college: ORU, currently plays in Spain) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (9-7) 90-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night’s game.
Emegano scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes.
Montakit Fuenlabradais placed sixth in the Liga Endesa.
Emegano has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 16 games.
He has both Nigerian and British nationalities.

   #5. Nicholas Spires (210-C/F-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Real Betis in their game against Gran Canaria (5-13) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
Spires scored only 4 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Real Betis was crushed 78-54 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#13).
Spires has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.9rpg.
He also holds two passports: British and Swedish.

   #6. Gatluak Thiep (213-C-92, college: Fayetteville St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andujar‘s victory against the tenth-ranked Martos 84-80 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Wednesday night’s game.
Thiep recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 6 blocks.
Thiep has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 11.2rpg and 2.8bpg.

   #7. Kimbal Mackenzie (185-G-96, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Huesca (1-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Huesca (#10) lost 71-78 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Granada in the Group B.
Mackenzie was the second best scorer with 13 points in 23 minutes.
Mackenzie averaged so far 11.8ppg and 1.3rpg in four games.
He holds both Canadian and British passports.

   #8. Lucien Christofis (G-96, currently plays in Sweden) couldn’t help Nassjo in their game against SBBK in the Swedish Basketligan.
Christofis recorded only 4 points.
His team was crushed by 43 points 100-57.
Christofis has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #9. Experienced Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Silales Lusis crushing them 77-54 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Wednesday.
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Lavrinovic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in 13 games.

   #10. Leighton Elliott-Sewell (198-G/F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Massachusetts – Lowell 73-58 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Elliott-Sewell has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.4rpg.




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