TBT in the pros 11.16.18


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

It was another great week for TBT'ers both in North America and overseas

It shouldn't come as a surprise anymore, but TBT'ers both domestic and abroad had another unbelievable week. While we could have highlighted hundreds of guys, let's take a look at just a couple of this week's top performers.

Julian Gamble (Armored Athlete) - Nanterre (France)

 The Armored Athlete big man had easily his best game of the season on Tuesday night. In 32 minutes of work, Gamble poured in 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 99-87 win over Umana VE. His efforts landed him a spot on the Basketball Champions League Players of the Week list. Nanterre is 5-3 in both ProA and BCL action.


Marvelle Harris (Team Challenge ALS) - Moutahed (Lebanon)

The Velle Show keeps on rolling! After a breakout summer with Team Challenge ALS (16 ppg, 4.5 rpg), the Fresno State product is putting in work for Moutahed in Northwest Lebanon. In the team's 85-76 win over Atlas F on Saturday, Harris finished with 34 points and 8 boards. It was the second consecutive 30-point outing for Harris, who is averaging 24.7 ppg on the young season.


Frank Hassell (Monarch Nation) - Cholet (France)

Monarch Nation fans have been urging us to check-in on Hassell for a couple weeks now. After seeing the numbers he's putting up in France, we're glad that we finally did. Although Cholet is off to a rough 1-8 start, Hassell is averaging 15.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg. He was dominant in the team's matchup with Monaco on Saturday, scoring 27 points and pulling down 8 rebounds in just 26 minutes of work.


Jeff Ledbetter (Team Fredette) - Austin Spurs (G-League)

He may not be in Cali anymore, but those cool vibes are still very much on display in the Lone Star State. The Team Fredette guard had his best game of the season on Tuesday, racking up a state line of 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 114-97 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In the Spurs' first four games, Ledbetter is averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 5 apg.


Errick McCollum (Overseas Elite) - Unics Kazan (Russia)

At this point, his name might as well be Mr. Reliable. No matter if he's playing in TBT or overseas, you have a better chance of seeing snow in Miami than McCollum have an off night. That trend continued on Tuesday when he scored 26 points on 9-13 shooting from the field in an 87-81 win over Rytas. McCollum was named the EuroCup MVP of the Week for his efforts.


Mickey McConnell (Gael Force) - Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France)

Before we get into what McConnell is doing in France, let's not forget that he led Gael Force to one of the most dominant weekends in TBT history at the Hoopfest Pod. The team won its two games in Spokane by an average margin of 37.5 points, including a 47-point domination of archrival Few Good Men. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that McConnell is bringing the heat in France's top league. He scored a season-high 20 points and dished out 9 dimes in a 92-69 win over Le Portel on Saturday night. McConnell was named the Interperformances Player of the Week. 


Stefan Moody (Armored Athlete) - Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)

If you had to pick one word to describe Stefan Moody, it would unquestionably be "smooth". The Armored Athlete guard is putting up big numbers in both Europe Cup and VTB United League action, most recently scoring 31 points in a crucial 84-73 win over Balkan. Moody has scored at least 10 points in all but one game this season. 


Courtney Pigram (Scarlet & Gray) - Enosis Neon Paralimni (Cyprus)

Scarlet & Gray fans adopted Pigram (an East Tennessee State alum) in TBT 2018, and with the way he's playing, he may be an honorary Cyprus citizen soon enough. The 6-foot-1 guard scored a season-high 22 points and pulled down 5 rebounds against AEK Larnaca on Saturday night. In the team's first five games, Pigram is averaging 12 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.6 apg.  


Willie Reed (Eberlein Drive) - Salt Lake City Stars (G-League)

How much longer before Willie Reed gets the call-up to the NBA? The No. 1 overall pick in this year's G-League draft is averaging 29 ppg and 12.5 rpg in the team's first four games. Although it actually ended up being his lowest scoring game of the season (which is absolutely nuts), Reed was magnificent against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday. The Eberlein Drive big man scored 24 points on 11-14 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Stars' 136-122 setback.


Jamil Wilson (Golden Eagles) - Fiat Torino (Italy)

Much like Willie Reed, it's unbelievable that Jamil Wilson is not in the NBA. The Golden Eagles forward was named to the TBT 2018 All-Tournament Team after averaging 18 ppg in the team's run to the Semifinals. Alongside former FOE guard Tyshawn Taylor, Wilson is putting up similar numbers in Italy. Although they suffered a tough loss to Mornar Bar on Wednesday, Wilson had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in 31 minutes of work. 


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