by Elliott Cox
It was a slow week overseas for many leagues and clubs as FIBA qualifiers are happening across the world. Qualifiers like the Americup and Eurobasket ensure that many clubs will be getting a break in play for a couple weeks. That being said, there were some games that happened across the globe and saw some basketball players from the state of Utah have some pretty impressive games. Let’s take a look at some top performers from the past week:
1. Brandon Davies (Provo High School / BYU Alumni), FC Barcelona Basquet
12 pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Steal vs Zalgiris Kaunas [Euroleague]
Davies has established himself as one of the top scoring Forwards in all of Europe. After helping Barcelona win the Spanish Cup last week, Davies kept up the good form as Barcelona took on his former club Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania this past Thursday in Euroleague play. The Spanish giants handled Zalgiris 86 – 62 to move to 18-7 in Euroleague play to keep the top spot in the standings. Davies wasn’t too present on the boards but kept up his scoring prowess, adding 12 points, shooting a very efficient 5 for 6 from the field.
Davies averages 11.8 points per game in Euroleague competition this season and is doing so efficiently, averaging 55.6% from the field.
2. Jaycee Carroll (Utah State Alumni), Real Madrid Baloncesto
20 pts, 2 Asts, 1 Blk vs Valencia Basket [Euroleague]
The former Aggie has long been one of the best shooters in Europe, and he continued to show that on Friday as Real Madrid fell to fellow Spanish club Valencia Basket in Euroleague play. Carroll tied his season high in points against Valencia, scoring 20 points on an incredible shooting night, making 8 of his 13 shots, including 4 three-pointers. Real Madrid lost 89 – 78 to fall to 15-10 in Euroleague play. Carroll’s squad is still in playoff contention, holding the 4th spot on the table.
Carroll averages 9.8 points per game in Euroleague competition this season, and is shooting 43.48% from beyond the arc. He is also tied for 2nd in the Euroleague for the highest shooting percentage from inside the arc (75% on 2 point attempts).
3. Jerrick Harding (Weber State Alumni), ERA Nymburk
15 pts, 2 Rebs vs Kolin [Czech Cup Championship]
Harding has been a breath of fresh air for this Nymburk Club. The former Weber State Wildcat has provided scoring depth that has not only helped propel the Czech club to first place in the NBL, but also helped them secure a key win against Dijon to get them to the second phase of the Basketball Champions League. This past week Harding put on a 15-point performance, becoming the second leading scorer for Nymburk as they won the Czech Cup (a mid season tournament for all Czech basketball teams) against Kolin last Sunday.
Harding averages approximately 16 points per game this season for Nymburk, while also averaging 2.7 rebounds per game. Nymburk is 21-1 in domestic play and 4-2 in Champions League play this season.
4. Elijah Bryant (BYU Alumni), Maccabi Tel Aviv
8 pts, 1 Reb, 1 Blk vs Olimpia Milano [Euroleague]
Bryant hasn’t lit up the scoring column this season for Tel Aviv like he did with Hapoel Eliat. Part of that is the transition of being a system player for the larger club as opposed to being a premier import for a smaller club. But he has played his role well this season. Despite a down year for Tel Aviv in Euroleague play, Bryant has been solid. In a 68-87 loss to Olimpia Milano, the former Cougar contributed 8 pts and had 1 board. Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to 10-13 in Euroleague play and is still looking outside the playoff picture for now.
Over the season Bryant has been averaging 10.7 points a game, shooting 50.8% from 2 point range and 37% from beyond the arc.
5. TJ Washington (UVU Alumni), APOP Paphou
35 pts, 5 Rebs, 7 Asts vs AEL [Cyprus Division A – Losers Stage]
The first-year pro from UVU has had an electric season for APOP Paphou this season, scoring in bunches and doing pretty much everything for the struggling squad. Washington exploded for 35 points, 5 boards, and 7 assists to help APOP win an overtime thriller against AEL to move them to 7-11 on the season and keep their playoff hopes alive and remain atop the Losers’ Group table.
This season, Washington averages 14.3 points a game, 3.3 rebounds a game, and 7.2 assists a game for APOP this season. He is the second highest scoring player on the team this year and is the leader in assists for the entire league.
Featured image via Ángel Rivero, Marca.com