TBT In The Pros 2.15.19

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Our weekly look at TBT'ers around the world

Are we sure it's not too late to fly this squad out to Charlotte for the All-Star festivities? From the G-League to China and everywhere in-between, TBT'ers were on FIRE this week. 

Vitto Brown (Big X) - Maine Red Claws (G-League)

No matter if he's playing in TBT or the G-League, Vitto Brown is the ultimate swiss army knife. In two games for Big X last summer, the Wisconsin alum averaged a team-high 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Predictably, he's also doing a little bit of everything for the Red Claws this season. Just take his performance on Wednesday night, when he scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out 4 dimes in the team's epic 130-128 win over the Erie Bayhawks. These are the types of numbers he churns out every single night.

 

Derek Cooke Jr (Team Fredette) - Raptors 905 (G-League)

Cooke Jr is becoming a walking double-double before our very eyes. The Team Fredette forward racked up 16 points and 17 rebounds on Saturday, 17 points and 16 rebounds on Monday, and 13 points and 17 rebounds on Wednesday. If he continues putting up those numbers, don't be surprised to see him join fellow TBT alum Malcolm Miller on Toronto's big league squad sometime soon. Overall, Cooke Jr is averaging 7.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on the season.

 

Jimmer Fredette (Team Fredette) - Shanghai Sharks (China)

Jimmer. Did. It. Again. Just two weeks after dropping 53 on the Tianjin Gold Lions, Fredette racked up a stat line of 43 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in a 110-104 win over the Guangdong Southern Tigers on Tuesday night. The TBT 2018 All-Tournament Team member is now averaging 37.3 points per game, which ranks second in the CBA behind former Baylor standout Pierre Jackson (39.8 ppg). 

 

Novar Gadson (Talladega Knights) - Comunicaciones Mercedes (Argentina)

Before we get into how he's doing in Argentina, don't forget how amazing Gadson was in last summer's Northeast Regional. Over the course of three games, the Rider alum averaged a team-high 21.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game to help the 15th-seeded Talladega Knights advance to the Super 16. Predictably, he's putting up extremely similar numbers for Comunicaciones Mercedes. Gadson scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds against Ferro on Tuesday and followed it up with a 17-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist performance against Hispano Americano on Valentine's Day. The man just gets the job done.

 

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

Jones is making a MAJOR push for CBA MVP honors. In his last five games, the Team DRC guard is averaging an unreal 40 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game. His streak of dominance continued on Wednesday night with a 44-point, 14-rebound, 14-assist triple-double in a 121-109 win over the Qingdao Eagles. Just let that sink in for a moment - Jones is putting up video game-esque numbers every single night. Overall this season, he's averaging 29.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game.

 

Marcus Relphorde (Team Colorado) - Maccabi Rehovot (Israel)

Relphorde's been red hot since mid-January. The Team Colorado swingman is averaging 25.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game over his last five contests. That continued on Tuesday night when he finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in Maccabi Rehovot's 97-73 win over Kfar Saba. In 19 total games this season, Relphorde is averaging 20.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

 

Donald Sloan (Eberlein Drive) - Jiangsu Nangang Dragons (China)

Speaking of guys who are worthy of the CBA MVP award, Donald Sloan has been in his bag all season long for the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons. The Eberlein Drive point guard had his second consecutive 40-piece on Tuesday, finishing with 41 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists in his squad's 120-96 win over the Sichuan Blue Whales. In 31 total games this season, Sloan is averaging 26.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. You know what to do NBA teams: Call. His. Agent.

 

Casper Ware (Team Challenge ALS) - Melbourne United (Australia)

In perhaps Melbourne United's biggest game of the season to date, Casper Ware showed why he's considered one of the most clutch players in the world. The Team Challenge ALS star finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists in United's 89-87 win over the Adelaide 36ers on Sunday. The win kept Ware and company just one game out of the top spot in the NBL. On a personal level, Casper currently ranks third in the NBL with 19.2 points per game.

 

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