TBT In The Pros 2.8.19

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


We'll put this squad up against anyone in the world

From 40-pieces to near triple-doubles, it was another monster week for TBT'ers around the globe. Let's take a closer look at what our guys accomplished!

Jaylen Barford (Jackson TN Underdawgs) - Greensboro Swarm (G-League)

Word on the street is the Hornets could use a little extra scoring as they make their playoff push. All they have to do is turn to their G-League squad. Even though he's only been out of college for seven months, Jaylen Barford is playing with the poise of a 10-year vet. In 33 games this season, the Arkansas grad is averaging 19.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. His hot season continued on Super Bowl Sunday with a 32-point, 11-rebound outing in a 98-96 win over the Westchester Knicks. 

 

Stevie Browning (West Virginia Wildcats) - Kolossos H Hotels (Greece)

When he's not breaking ankles (check out the video below), Stevie Browning is serving up buckets. The West Virginia Wildcats guard had one of his best games of the season on Saturday against Kymis, finishing with a stat line of 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Browning averaged a team-high 19 points, 4 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game in TBT 2018.

 

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

If you watched TBT 2018, you know that Derek Cooke Jr is one of the best dunkers in the world. As he showed on Wednesday night, that just scratches the surface of his ability. In his squad's 115-112 win over the Wisconsin Herd, the Team Fredette star scored 14 points (7-9 2PFG) and pulled down 9 rebounds. In 29 games this season between the Northern Arizona Suns and Raptors 905, Cooke Jr is averaging 6.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. 

 

Samme Givens (Talladega Knights) - Maccabi Haifa (Israel)

If you think you've seen a lot of Givens the last couple months, well, that's because he's absolutely tearing it up in Israel. In 17 games for Maccabi Haifa, the Talladega Knights forward is averaging 17 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. As if that's not impressive enough, catch this: Givens has scored double digits in each of his last 10 games. That trend continued on Wednesday when he scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 90-78 win over Hapoel Haifa. Talk about impressive!

 

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

There are very few basketball players in the world who can control a game like DJ Kennedy. While I'm not telling TBT fans anything that they don't already know, for those of you who are new, just look at his last game against the New Zealand Breakers. In 39 minutes of work, the Overseas Elite star finished with a stat line of 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. These are the sorts of numbers that he puts up EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. That's exactly why our friend Fran Fraschilla has referred to him as the "Michael Jordan of TBT." 

 

Jerome Randle (Eberlein Drive) - Sydney Kings (Australia)

The competition in Australia continues to learn what it means to get Randle'd. In 25 games this season, the TBT 2018 All-Tournament Team member is averaging 18.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. He's also universally regarded as one of the best ball handlers in the world. As we've come to expect, Randle had another big game on Sunday in a 107-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets. The University of California all-time leading scorer (1.835 points) dropped 26 points and pulled down 3 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. 

 

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

Call. His. Agent. While this won't come as a surprise to anyone who watched TBT 2018, Donald Sloan is absolutely dominating the competition in China. In 29 games for the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons, the Eberlein Drive point guard is averaging 26.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. In a season filled with memorable performances, he painted his Mona Lisa last Friday against the Zhejiang Lions. Sloan scored a season-high 46 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and dished out four dimes. Get this man in the NBA. 

 

Brandon Triche (Boeheim's Army) - Orlandina Basket (Italy)

When he's not running the show for Boeheim's Army, Brandon Triche is dropping BUCKETS over in Italy. In 20 games for Orlandina, Triche is averaging 24.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. He continued his hot season on Sunday with a 23-point, 7-rebound, 10-assist outing in an 88-79 win over FCL Contract LG. The outing marks the 16th time that Triche has scored at least 20 points this season. 

 

Briante Weber (Ram Nation) - Sioux Falls Skyforce (G-League) *Has since signed with Olympiacos*

There may not be a basketball player in the world who brings the energy like Briante Weber. When he's not scoring in transition, he's crashing the boards hard for a rebound or dishing out a fancy assist. We saw all three of those traits on display on Sunday night. The Ram Nation guard scored 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and passed out 15 dimes against the Oklahoma City Blue. The performance capped off a spectacular G-League season for Weber, who signed with Olympiacos in Greece just a couple days later.