Brits Abroad: Monthly Review (September/October)

With so many Brits excelling overseas, we start our monthly review to track our top pro players abroad.

In the NBA, Luol Deng played in LA Lakers’ season-opening loss against LA Clippers, but has since been left out of the rotation by Head Coach Luke Walton. Meanwhile, London-born rookie OG Anunoby has made a bright start with Toronto Raptors with a season-high nine points on debut.

Gabe Olaseni had a great EuroBasket 2017 campaign for GB and is playing for Fuenlabrada in the ACB with his new side out to an impressive 5-1 start. The 25-year-old has had a reduced role so far with 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds along with a 100% free throw record.

Dan Clark has continued his form with GB with 10.2 points per game for Gipuzkoa (2-4) with double figures on four occasions including a best of 15 points in a win against Real Betis.

Ovie Soko returns for another season at UCAM Murcia (3-3) with the ACB side also competing in the Basketball Champions League – where he hit double figures in a narrow victory over Hapoel Hapon in the opener.

Rookie Luke Nelson is on loan at ACB newcomers Real Betis (0-6) and is currently shooting 47% from downtown with two games in double figures including a recent best of 14 points. Mo Soluade earned a recall with Unicja Malaga (4-2) and has seen 6.0 minutes per game so far as well as an appearance in the EuroLeague.

Andrew Lawrence made a return to Sigal Prishtina (5-0) in Kosovo with the team also competing in FIBA Europe Cup having failed to qualify for the Basketball Champions League. The GB guard is averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 assists in three league appearances, whilst leading the team in scoring in European competition.

Teddy Okereafor impressed in the GB back-court this summer and is playing in Greece’s top-flight with Kymis (0-4) having averaged 7.3 points and 2.5 assists per game in 24.8 minutes.

Another member of the EuroBasket 2017 squad,Jules Dang Akodo, had re-signed with Burgos in the summer, but has since re-joined Fraport Skyliners II (3-3) in Germany’s Pro-B. A 24-point showing in his second game was followed by a near triple-double effort of 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a recent defeat.

Eric Boateng has made a solid start with unbeaten French side Saint-Vallier (7-0) in Pro-B with averages of 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game with season bests of 13 points coming in the opening two games.

Multiple-Championship winner in recent seasons, Matthew Bryan-Amaning is playing in Argentina with Boca Juniors who went 2-6 in the regular season. MBA is averaging a team-high 13.5 points per game having contributed nine in his side’s opening win in the playoffs to reach the last 16.

Ryan Martin has made a strong start to his second year as a pro with 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in Slovakia with Prievidza (4-3) with a best of 21 points and 12 rebounds against Kosice.

Out in Spain, Ashley Hamilton has helped Manresa out to a 5-1 start in LEB Gold with 12.5 points per game so far with a 24-point performance in Round 3 on 8-of-11 shooting.

Ben Mockford is back with LEB Gold side Palma (2-4) and is averaging 9.5 points per game in his starting role, shooting over 40% from 3-point range having netted 16 points for his season best.

Will Saunders is the leading scorer in LEB Silver with 24 points per game for Cambados (2-3) including a recent 38-point outing, while Jamell Anderson took his career to Europe following several years in the BBL and is currently putting up 8.2 points per outing with his defence key for La Roda (3-2).

Meanwhile, Matthew Don – who previously played for Cambados – has made a strong start at Myrtia (4-1) with 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds averages with a season best of 27 points.

Nigel Van Oostrum has made a strong start with Zwolle (4-1) in the Netherlands – averaging 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game to reflect his all-round displays that include a season-high of 10 assists in the league opener.

Conner Washington also made the switch to Europe after signing with Naestved (5-1) in Denmark and is currently averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 assists per game. The former Leicester Riders guard had a 17-point, 10-assist double-double and netted a season-high of 25 points in their most recent victory.

In Iceland, Chris Caird is averaging 11.8 points per game for Tindastoll (3-1) with a season-high of 19 points, while Fahro Alihodzic has 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing in Belgium as Leuven (0-6) await their first win.

Jack Crook is impressing for Rustavi (2-2) in Georgia having started the campaign with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.

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