Lakeem Jackson: Eurobasket Player of the Week (Slovakia)

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The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league’s bottom-ranked team Nitra (#10, 0-6) with 29-point margin 83-54.
The American Guard Lakeem Jackson (196-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Iskra Svit, receiving a Player of the Week award for round 6.Svit maintains the 5th position in Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they did not have those two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Iskra Svit will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. It’s Jackson’s second year at Iskra Svit and it’s hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of South Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Jackson is in league’s top in points (7th best: 17.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 64.2% FGP.
Jackson number one in Slovakia for round 6Oct 23, 2014

The second best player in last round’s games was young Serbian Luka Igrutinovic (193-PG-92) of Levice. Igrutinovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Levice lost that game 71-107 to league’s leader Rieker KN (#1, 6-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Levice still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team’s 1st loss this season, while they won 4 other games. Igrutinovic is a newcomer at Levice, but is already one of team’s top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 13.4rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Stan Brown (203-F-90) of Nova Ves (#7). Brown scored 26 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown’s great performance Nova Ves lost 85-86 to the higher-ranked Inter Bratislava (#2, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could try to bring Nova Ves’ a little bit higher in the standings. Brown has individually a great season in Slovakia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league’s leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (2nd best). Brown attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. T.J. Bannister (180-PG-84) of Rieker KN – 26 points and 10 assists
5. Justin Ward (203-F-91) of Nitra – 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Milan Ziak (190-G-88) of B.Bystrica – 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Preston Purifoy (196-F-92) of Handlova – 9 points and 12 rebounds
8. Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) of Rieker KN – 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lukaas Hoferica) of Karlovka – 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Goran Bulatovic (184-PG-88) of Nova Ves – 17 points and 10 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it’s accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) – 2*BSAG – 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM – 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) – 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) – (FTA-FTM)

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