TBT Overseas Roundup 11.9.18

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


TBT'ers continue to dominate the overseas basketball scene

From Europe, to Asia, to the land Down Under, it was another monster week for some of TBT's biggest stars. Let's check in and see what our guys are up to around the world!

Bryon Allen (Louisiana United) - Germani Brescia Leonessa (Italy)

Anybody who closely followed TBT 2018 knows that Louisiana United's Bryon Allen was perhaps the most underrated guard in the whole tournament. While his 15 ppg and 8.7 apg speaks for itself, almost more impressive was the way he was able to dictate tempo while playing alongside a team rich with offensive talent. With that in mind, it's no surprise that Allen is tearing up the competition in Italy's top league. A month into the season, the George Mason alum is averaging 16.3 ppg and 2.5 apg in Eurocup play and 12.8 ppg and 2.4 apg in Serie A competition. On Wednesday, Allen had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in an 86-80 win over Monaco.

 

Johndre Jefferson (Overseas Elite) - KK Cibona (Croatia)

The good times keep on rolling for the four-time TBT champ. In September, Jefferson averaged 9.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg for Central Africa in the FIBA World Cup African Qualifiers. Although the team went 1-2, they only sit three points out of qualification with more games scheduled for February. The big man from South Carolina is now in Croatia, putting in work for KK Cibona. On Sunday, Jefferson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead his squad to an 84-73 win over Mornar Bar. His efforts landed him a spot on the ABA Players of the Week list.

 

Dominique Jones (Team DRC) - Jilin Northeast Tigers (China)

We said it once and we'll say it again: Dominique Jones is a certified bucket getter. In TBT 2018, Jones averaged 22 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.7 apg to lead Team DRC to the Super 16. His career 23.6 ppg is third in TBT history, only behind Jimmer Fredette (31 ppg) and Scott Bamforth (24 ppg). Not bad company to be in. In China, he's putting up even crazier numbers. In eight games for the Jilin Northeast Tigers, Jones is averaging 28.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 7.1 apg. He's already scored more than 30 points three times this season, including a 35-point, 13-assist outburst against Jared Sullinger and the Shenzhen Leopards on Sunday. 

 

DJ Kennedy (Overseas Elite) - Melbourne United (Australia)

It was only a matter of time before Big Play DJ began heating up. The two-time TBT MVP had his best game of the season for Melbourne United on Monday (which also happened to be his birthday), racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds in a huge 77-70 win over Jerome Randle and the Sydney Kings, in what very likely could have been an NBL Finals preview. In the team's first seven games, Kennedy is averaging 14.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.6 apg. Melbourne also features TBT 2017 All-Tournament Team member Casper Ware and five-year participant Josh Boone.

 

Rashad Madden (Team Arkansas) - Hapoel Galilee (Israel)

Simply put, it's always a treat watching Rashad Madden play basketball. The 2015 Arkansas grad is in his third season in Israel, averaging 17 ppg, 9 rpg and 5 apg for Hapoel Galilee. In the team's 71-52 blowout win over Maccabi Rehovot on Tuesday, Madden finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists. Although Team Arkansas' tournament run ended earlier than expected last summer, Madden was Mr. Do-It-All in Brooklyn. He averaged 5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3 apg in the team's two games.

 

Demetris Nichols (Boeheim's Army) - Sidigas Avellino (Italy)

He hit one of the most electrifying Elam Ending winners in TBT 2018 and now Demetris Nichols is having himself quite a season in Italy. In his first five games of the season, the Syracuse alum is averaging 14.4 ppg and 7 rpg in Champions League play and 9.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg in Serie A competition. Nichols was a stabilizing force for Boeheim's Army in their march to the Northeast Regional Championship Game last summer. Over the course of four games, he averaged 14.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and shot 63% from 3-point land.

 

Duncan Robinson (Big X) - Sioux Falls Skyforce (G-League)

OK, he didn't play in TBT 2018 and he's not overseas, but Big X booster/coach/hype man Duncan Robinson still deserves a hearty shoutout. After an impressive Summer League stint with the Miami Heat (and a brief appearance against the Knicks in October), Robinson was optioned to the G-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce for the start of the season. If he keeps playing like he is right now, he won't be there for long. Robinson - who started his college career at Division 3 Williams College and ended it with a trip to the NCAA Championship Game with Michigan - is averaging 19.3 ppg in the Skyforce's first three games. On Monday night, he hit a go-ahead three with 9.2 seconds left to lead his squad to a 126-125 win over the Memphis Hustle. The heroics capped off a statement night for Robinson, who scored 29 points and shot 7-12 from beyond the arc.

 

Lee Skinner (Showtime) - BK Inter Bratislava (Slovakia)

Nobody plays the game of basketball with more heart than Lee Skinner. That was perhaps most evident in TBT 2018, when the Wofford grad helped lead Showtime to an upset victory over Wake The Nation. Skinner finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and followed it up the next day with 16 points and 9 rebounds against Louisiana United. Since then, he's signed with BK Inter Bratislava in Slovakia, where he's averaging 14.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In Saturday's win over Prievidza, Skinner had 15 points and 8 rebounds.

 

Deshawn Stephens (Team Challenge ALS) - Maccabi Rishon (Israel)

When he's not fighting to #StrikeoutALS in TBT, Deshawn Stephens is tearing up Israel. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward is averaging 14.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg for Maccabi Rishon in Winner League action. His best game of the season came on Monday, when he scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 38 minutes of action against Hapoel Eilat. A 2013 San Diego State grad, Stephens averaged 8.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in Team Challenge ALS' run to the West Regional Championship Game last summer.

 

Jared Sullinger (Scarlet & Gray) - Shenzhen Leopards (China)

The fact that Sully STILL doesn't have an NBA contract is ridiculous. Not only has he absolutely dominated TBT the past two years, but literally nobody in China can stop him. The walking double-double had another masterful performance on Sunday, finishing with 33 points and 19 rebounds against Jilin. He followed it up on Tuesday with a casual 26-point, 11-rebound outing against Nanjing. Overall, in nine games this season, Sully is averaging 26.7 ppg and 13.1 rpg. If you're an NBA team looking for a veteran leader or a piece to put you over the edge, how do you not sign this guy? 

 

 

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