Ragland, Theodore, Sant-Roos, Randolph and Klimavicius named on Team of the Week
(Basketball Champions League) – Gameday 2 MVP Joe Ragland of Sidigas Avellino headlines an undersized but certainly fearsome Team of the Week which would make a strong case for the virtues of 'small-ball'.
The ideal five of the second week of action in the Regular Season also includes Jordan Theodore of Banvit, Howard Sant-Roos of CEZ Nymburk, Tadas Klimavicius of Neptunas Klaipeda and Ragland's team-mate Levi Randolph, who becomes the first player in the history of the Basketball Champions League to earn back-to-back spots on Team of the Week.
Point guard: JOE RAGLAND
The Avellino playmaker was as precise as a metronome on Wednesday and it would not an exaggeration to say his team would not have managed to edge out Strasbourg without his clinical contribution. Ragland finished with an efficiency rating of 29, as he corralled a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists and added six rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes on the court.
Shooting guard: JORDAN THEODORE
Theodore is of course a point guard but he would have to play at the two-spot on this team, but as he demonstrated on Wednesday such details do not influence him. The Banvit player returned to Frankfurt, where he spent a phenomenal season last year and rather than going all sentimental he executed his former team with 25 points of 9-of-15 shooting, six assists and two steals for a display with a rating of 26.
Small-forward: HOWARD SANT-ROOS
The Cuban forward stayed on the floor longer than any other player in Nymburk's win over Ironi Nahariya, almost 35 minutes, but he was so dominant on the night it was difficult to bench him even for a short breather. He registered a Week 2-high efficiency rating of 33, as he finished with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds and also added three assists and four steals.
Power forward: LEVI RANDOLPH
The Avellino forward appears to have booked a permanent place on Team of Week, albeit in this week's line-up he has to move to the '4' spot. Randolph resembed a relentless scoring machine who carried the Italian team on Wednesday as he poured in 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Randolph had an efficiency rating of 23 in the 30 minutes he stayed on the floor, postive very similar figures to his Gameday 1 showing against Mega Leks.
Center: TADAS KLIMAVICIUS
The Lithuanian forward has to play out of position on this team but it's difficult to imagine he would be any less effective because of it. Klimavicius was one of the main reasons why Neptunas managed to turn a difficult clash with Varese into a quiet evening, as he collected 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds and two assists in just 20 minutes of playing time, for an efficiency rating of 20.