Players of the Week

Week ending January 21, 2018

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Bruce Massey of the Cape Breton Highlanders has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 21, 2018.  

Massey, a 6'3" guard who played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State, was instrumental in the Highlanders. 116-104 victory this week over the Moncton Magic.  In the game, Massey scored 24 points, including going 5-for-7 from the 3-point line; he also dished out eight assists. 

"Bruce is another guy that can score at the guard spot," said Highlanders head coach Robert Spon.  "He's a complimentary running mate to Duke Mondy.  He knocks down open threes, plus his defense - great defender, locks down defense.  He played in the Gatorade league, and that brings leadership to our young guys.  Great young man."

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Guillaume Payen Boucard of the Niagara River Lions has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 21, 2018.

Boucard, a 6'6" small forward who played collegiately at Carleton University, was the River Lions' leading scorer this week.  In three games, Boucard averaged 25 points, nine rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

"Guillaume has been our most consistent player all year," said River Lions head coach Joe Raso.  "All season, he's had the toughest matchup on the court.  He's been a pleasant surprise, and our mots consistent player and our most improved player.  From what people knew of Guillaume to what he's doing now, it's a huge leap in his skills.  I've had a benefit of watching him for a long time, so I knew he could bring this to the table."


Week ending January 14, 2018

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Riptide has been named NBL Canada Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 14, 2018. This is the second time Freeman has won the Player of the Week honours this season.

Freeman, a 6'6" forward from Costa Mesa Junior College, was instrumental in the Riptide's two victories, averaging a double-double of 21.5 points per  game and 11.0 rebounds per  game; also put up eight assists and three steals during that stretch.

"Gabe has been, in this week and in the last four games, a rock for us," said Riptide head coach Nelson Tabbora.  "He's our best rebounder, he's a two-way player, he can guard 1-5 through us, his voice on the defencive end, he's reminding our guys about defence and making sure that everyone knows their roles.  Obviously he can score at a lot of different ways, but for our team, his leadership and his ability to be our defencive quarterback is particularly important."

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Royce White of the London Lightning has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 14, 2018.  This is White's second time as Central Division Player of the Week this season.

White, a 6'8" power forward from Iowa State, was instrumental in London's unbeaten week, as he averaged 35.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in two Lightning victories this week.  Even more impressive was his Saturday night performance in London's double-overtime victory over the Moncton Magic, in which he scored 46 points on 18-for-31 shooting from the floor and a 10-for-13 run from the free throw line.

"The main thing about having a player like Royce," said Lightning head coach Keith Vassell, "is he creates a possibility, regardless of what system you need to run.  I felt that overall, we just went and gave the ball inside to Royce and he kept making plays.  That's the brilliance of having Royce on your team, he's going to create an advantage some how, some way."


  Week ending January 7, 2018

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Malcolm Miller of the Saint John Riptide has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 7, 2018.  Miller joins Gabe Freeman as Riptide players earning Player of the Week honours this year.

Miller, a 6'6" guard who played collegiately at Southern University, helped guide the Riptide to two big wins this week, averaging 22.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.0 steals per game.  

"Malcolm is a great teammate for us," said Riptide Nelson Tabbora.  "He's always prepared, he's a two-way player for us, he takes pride in his defence, and he also values his game on offence and uses his tools efficiently.  He can attack in transition, he knows his tools and keeps his head about him.  A lot of the shots he gets are created by his teammates and how they work together.  He's a great outside shooter as well, and he comes to us from the great state of Texas, but he's got a humble attitude about him and works on his game constantly."

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Maurice Bolden of the London Lightning has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending January 7, 2018.  

Bolden, a 6'10" small forward from Southern Mississippi, came back from an injured hand to lead the Lightning to two of three victories this week.  In those two games, he averaged 25.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.  He also finished the week with six assists, two blocks and two steals.

"Mo is a very hard worker," said Lightning head coach Keith Vassell.  "it was pretty devastating that he broke his hand and wasn't able to play, but he worked hard on rehab he did everything it was possible for him to do.  The last game, we had a lot of problems with Niagara's Carl Hall, and Mo was able to come in and disrupt how they utlized Hall, and Mo was able to knock down some shots in overtime.  At 6'10", he's a very skilled player and is only going to get better."


Week ending December 31, 2017

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Antoine Mason of the Halifax Hurricanes has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 31, 2017.  He joins CJ Washington, who earned Player of the Week honours for the Hurricanes on December 10.

Mason, a 6'4" guard who played collegiately at Auburn, averaged 29.0 ppg for the Hurricanes, including 32 points in a Halifax 123-116 road victory on Sunday against the Island Storm.

"Overall, Antoine's just looking to attack the basket," said Halifax head coach Mike Leslie.  "On top of that his free throw shooting, because he's getting to the line and knocking down those shots, he's not forcing the issue.  He's relying on his teammates, and that creates better space and form when he's getting to the rim.  The game is coming to him, he's taking advantage when he can."

"My father and I are competitors," said Antoine Mason, whose father Anthony starred in the NBA for several years.  "We have a chip on our shoulder - we don't want anybody to get better than us, and we want to do everything we can for our team."


The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Royce White of the London Lightning has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 31, 2017.  He becomes the second player from the Lightning to receive this honour this season; White was also named Player of the Week twice in 2016-17.

White, a 6’8” power forward from Iowa State, was instrumental in London’s unbeaten week, as he averaged 24.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in three Lightning victories this week.  

"I'm really proud of how Royce came back and did everything we could to get the wins," said Lightning head coach Keith Vassell.  "Royce, in my opinion, is the most dominant player in the league, so it's just a matter of when you’re playing against him, you try and neutralize his strength, which is not easy to do.  Playing with him, I didn't realize how much he can do on the court.  He's a good passer out of the post, and he does see the floor extremely well and get to the basket well, either in the three or in the low post.  He's definitely a gift." 


Week ending December 24, 2017

The National Basketball Leaegue of Canada is pleased to announce that Duke Mondy of the Cape Breton Highlanders has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 24, 2017.  He is the first player from the Highlanders to receive this honour.

Mondy, a 6'4" guard who played at Oakland University, averaged 20.7 points in three games with the Highlanders this week; he also claimed a triple-double in a Tuesday night game against Moncton, where he scored 22 points, dished out 11 assists, and pulled down ten rebounds.

"Duke is really stepping up," said Highlanders president Tyrone Levingston.  "We're a team that needs some leadership right now.  We're a young team, and Duke =is a kid that I drafted in this year's darft, and has really made himself valuable in our club and in this league.  He's a great player off the court as well, and he's really coming into himself.  I think people will really be excited for things to come from Mr. Mondy."


The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Ryan Anderson of the London Lightning has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 24, 2017.  He becomes the first player from the Lightning to receive this honour this season.

Anderson, a 6'5" shooting guard who played collegiately at Nebraska, scored a double-double of 14 points and a team-high 16 rebounds in London's 118-109 Friday night victory over the Niagara River Lions.  He also had eight assists and a steal in that contest.

"Ryan has been the leader for us in many different ways," said Lightning head coach Keith Vassell, "he's been doing the things that are needed for our team to win.  Ryan made sure to keep the team on focus, even on the offensive end, he's been making big plays.  He didn't drop down a lot of shots, but the shots he did hit were big for us.  He consistently makes big plays for us that make the difference."


Week Ending December 17, 2017

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Terry Thomas of the Moncton Magic has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 17, 2017.  This is the second time that Thomas has won Player of the Week honours, he also claimed the award on February 5, 2017 as a member of the Island Storm.

Thomas, a 6'4" swingman who played collegiately at the University of Ottawa, averaged 31.5 points per game in two Moncton games, helping the Magic stay in the hunt for the NBL's Atlantic Division lead. 

"Terry's been showing he's one of the top players in this conference," said Magic head coach Joe Salerno.  "To be competitive in this Atlantic Division, you have to have go-to star players like that.  Terry's been great for us.  Terry was named the Canadian Player of the Year last year, and he came back to the league to prove that he deserved that title last year, and he's off to a great start for us this season." 

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Charles Hinkle of the St. John's Edge has been named Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 17, 2017.  This is the second time this season that Hinkle has earned this honour.

Hinkle, a 6'5" guard who played collegiately at American University, averaged 29 points and 9.7 rebounds this week - but his biggest achievement was a 53-point scoring barrage on Friday, December 15 against the Windsor Express, in a game where Hinkle also hit a franchise-high twelve 3-point baskets.

"Charles Hinkle had one of the great shooting performances that I've ever witnessed live," said St. John's head coach Jeff Dunlap.  "It was so effortless, it was just rolling off his fingers.  He was in one of those rare zones that a player can go into.  When we're hitting, that poses a lot of problems for opposing teams.  We need to get the ball through Hinkle's hands and Carl English's hands because of the pressure that puts on defences."


Week Ending December 10, 2017

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Samuel Muldrow of the Niagara River Lions has been named NBL Canada Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 10, 2017.

Muldrow, a 6'9" guard who played collegiately at South Carolina, averaged 21.5 points in two Niagara contests this week; he also pulled down 7.5 rebounds per game and averaged 4.5 blocked shots.  His efforts have kept the River Lions in the upper half of the NBL's Central Division.

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that CJ Washington of the Halifax Hurricanes has been named NBL Canada Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending December 10, 2017.

Washington, a 6'9" power forward who played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham, averaged 24.7 points and 12 rebounds in three Halifax victories this week, helping the Hurricanes climb atop the NBL's Atlantic Division.

 


Week Ending December 3, 2017

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Charles Hinkle of the St. John's Edge has been named Central Division Player of the Week for theweek ending December 3, 2017.  This is the second consecutive week that a member of the Edge has received this honour.

Hinkle, a 6'5" 205-pound small forward who played collegiately at American University, was instrumental in the Edge's first two home games this season, both victories.  He averaged 22 points per game, including shooting 55% (18-33) from the floor and 53% (8-15) from beyond 3-point range.

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Franklin Sessions of the Island Storm has been named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for theweek ending December 3, 2017.

Sessions, a 6'2" 195-pound guard who played collegiately at Weber State, averaged 17.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 8.0 assists per game in the Storm's two victories this week.  He also had a signature moment in the Storm's Sunday afternoon win over Moncton, as he hit a game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired. 


Week Ending November 26, 2017

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Riptide has been named NBL Canada Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the week ending November 26, 2017.  This is the seventh time Freeman has won the Player of the Week honours in his NBL Canada career.

Freeman, a 6'6" forward from Costa Mesa Junior College, was instrumental in the Riptide's two victories, averaging 31.5 points per games, along with 7.0 rebounds per game.  His run includes a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in a two-game stretch.

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Carl English of the St. John's Edge has been named NBL Canada Central Division Player of the Week for the week ending November 26, 2017.  This is the first time a player from the Edge has claimed this honour.

English, a 6'4" shooting guard who played collegiately at Hawaii, was instrumental in several wins for the Edge this week.  In three games - in which the Edge went 2-1 - the Newfoundland and Labrador native averaged 28.5 points in those three contests.