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We bring you last week’s top performances from Dutch players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
   #1. This week’s number one is an experienced international point guard Keye Van Der Vuurst (191-1, currently plays in Belgium). Van Der Vuurst led Oostende to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Kangoeroes (7-9) crushing them 94-70 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Tuesday.
He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Filou Oostende (16-3) is placed first in Group A.
It was his team’s sixth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Van Der Vuurst averages: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 45.8%(27-59).
He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Yannick Franke (194-96, currently plays in Lithuania). Franke could not help P.Zvaigzdes (12-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance P.Zvaigzdes lost 90-98 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Lietkabelis.
Franke was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes.
Franke has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 87.0% in seven games he played so far.
He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Joey van Zegeren (208-90, agency: Duran International, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Spain). He led Valladolid to a victory over the fourth-ranked HLA Alicante (8-6) 85-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday.
van Zegeren was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes.
Clinica Sur-Aspasia RVB Valladolid (4-10) is placed eighth in Places 1-10 group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
It’s van Zegeren’s first season with the team.
This year van Zegeren has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 63.0%(102-162) and FT: 58.5% in 21 games.
He is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.
   #4. Forward Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan (211-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in Decin‘s victory against the third-ranked Svitavy (14-18) 82-75 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds.
BK Armex Decin (14-18) is placed fourth in Places 7-12 group.
It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row.
The Second Stage already ended.
Osaikhwuwuomwan has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 10.3rpg.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
back in 2014.
   #5. Former international point guard Maarten Bouwknecht (185-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Worcester Wolves (2-4) in their last game. Despite Bouwknecht’s very good performance Worcester Wolves was edged 91-88 in Sheffield by the lower-ranked (#4) Sharks.
He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Bouwknecht also added 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 46 minutes.
It was Worcester Wolves’ third consecutive loss in a row.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Bouwknecht’s stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.6spg in 27 games.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
two years ago.

   #6. Center Nathan Kuta (203-0, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Okapi Aalst to win against the fourth-ranked Kangoeroes (7-9) crushing them 88-67 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Friday night’s game.
Kuta scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Okapi Aalst (11-9) is placed second in Group B.
Kuta’s overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 4.4rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

   #7. International center Jito Kok (205-94, college: San Diego, currently plays in Belgium) faced previously mentioned Nathan Kuta in the Belgian Euromillions League last game.
Kok was not able to secure a victory for Kangoeroes (7-9) in their game against Okapi Aalst (11-9).
He scored 9 points in 16 minutes.
But the fourth-placed Kangoeroes (7-9) was crushed 88-67 in Aalst by the second-ranked Okapi in the Group A.
It was Kangoeroes’ third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Kok’s overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 4.3rpg in 15 games.
He is also Dutch national team player.

   #8. Guard Shane Hammink (201-94, college: Valpo, currently plays in Belgium) couldn’t help Spirou Charleroi (9-11) in their game against Oostende (16-3) in the Belgian Euromillions League.
Hammink recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Spirou Charleroi (#3) was badly defeated 76-60 on the opponent’s court by the leading Oostende in the Group A.
Hammink’s total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg.
He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

   #9. Former international forward Julius van Sauers (203-95, agency: One Motive Sports, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn’t help Glasgow Rocks (4-24) in their last game. Despite van Sauers’ good performance the bottom-ranked Glasgow Rocks was badly defeated 101-83 in Manchester by the leading Giants.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
It was Glasgow Rocks’ eighth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year van Sauers’ total stats are: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg in 28 games.
He used to play for the Dutch national team
seven years ago.

   #10. Shooting guard Bryan Alberts (196-94, college: LBSU, currently plays in Iceland) couldn’t help Hottur (4-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Hottur was defeated 95-91 at home by the much higher-ranked Valur (#5).
Alberts was the second best scorer with 19 points.
Alberts has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg.
Alberts is a naturalized American.
Worth to mention Alberts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.
Strangely Alberts has never played in Holland.

   #11. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Basquet 88-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night.
He scored 6 points, had 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots in 29 minutes.
Schaftenaar averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg in 20 games.
He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

   #12. International forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90, currently plays in Belgium) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jito Kok and both played together in the last Belgian Euromillions League game.
Kherrazi couldn’t help Kangoeroes in their game against Okapi Aalst. He cannot count Friday’s game as one of the best ones.
Kherrazi scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was crushed by 21 points 88-67.
Kherrazi has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg.
He is also in the roster of the Dutch national team.

   #13. International forward Olaf Schaftenaar (208-93, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) couldn’t help Girona in their game against Ourense in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
He scored 6 points.
His team was edged 73-71.
Schaftenaar has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
He is also Dutch national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Ivo De Vreede (209-99, currently plays in Belgium) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shane Hammink and both played together in the last Belgian Euromillions League game.
De Vreede couldn’t help Spirou Charleroi in their game against Oostende. He cannot count Sunday’s game as one of the best ones.
De Vreede recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 76-60.
This year De Vreede averages just 3.2ppg in 11 games.
He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team
back in 2019.

   #15. Former U16 international guard Golan Michaeli (190-98, currently plays in Israel) couldn’t help Maccabi Raanana in their game against H.Ramat Gan in the Israeli National League (second division). Michaeli cannot count Tuesday’s game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points.
His team was defeated 92-78.
This season Michaeli averages just 0.9ppg.
He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team
seven years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, college: Carleton, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-15) 79-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night’s game.
He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes.
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (24-6) is placed third in the Liga Endesa.
It’s Doornekamp’s first season with the team.
This year Doornekamp averages: 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83, college: St.Mary’s, CA, currently plays in Australia) led Kings to a victory against the closely-ranked Melbourne Phoenix (13-12) 97-90 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night’s game.
Kickert scored 17 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sydney Kings (13-12) are placed third in the NBL.
It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row.
It’s Kickert’s first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg.
Kickert is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Kim Tillie (210-F/C-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) could not help Ryukyu GK (38-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Tillie’s good performance the first-placed Ryukyu GK (38-13) was edged 87-85 at home by the second-ranked Diamond Dolphins in the West group.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Tillie’s overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He has both Dutch and French nationalities.

   #4. Shaquille Doorson (213-C-94, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help Rapla (19-12) in their last game. Despite Doorson’s good performance Rapla lost 67-77 on their home court in Rapla to the lower-ranked (#5) Tartu.
He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes.
This year Doorson’s overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg in seven games.

   #5. Deion Bute (206-C-95, college: CCSU, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Juaristi ISB‘s victory against the leader FC Barcelona Lassa 2nd team (20-6) 65-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday.
Bute had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 26 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Azpeitia Juaristi Iraurgi Saski Baloia (22-5) is placed first in West group.
Bute’s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
Bute has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg in 28 games.




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