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Import Report #3

Joevan-Grant-Hawks-Kings

Active Imports:
Chris Warren – 36ers
Diamon Simpson – 36ers
Diamon Simpson – 36ers
Andrew Warren – Taipans
Jamar Wilson – Taipans
Will Hudson – Blaze
Ayinde Ubaka – Tigers
Ronald Dorsey – Tigers
Cedric Jackson – Breakers
Gary Wilkinson- Breakers
Kevin Lisch – Wildcats
Kevin Ratzsch – Kings
Jerai Grant – Kings
Eddie Gill – Crocs
Elvin Mims – Crocs
Joevan Catron – Hawks

Leader of the pack:
There is very little doubt who is the best import in the NBL right now, it has to go to Perth Wildcat Kevin Lisch. He leads the league in scoring at 23.4 points per game & his team is undefeated so far this year.
Round 3 the Wildcats beat the Crocs by 8. They were up by as much as 22 before the Crocs came roaring back into it. Lisch lead the team in the first half with a huge 19 points in the first half. He went on to finish the game with 28 points, 2 steals, hitting 4 three pointers and shot at 58% from the field. He has shown all doubters he is a legit MVP this year.

A step behind:
Dorsey has not had a good year so far. His stats are down all across the board & statistic wise, he would have to be the worst import in the league so far this year.
In round 3 he was a little more agreesive against the Breakers with 7 shot attempts, still only hitting 29% of them, including 1/5 from the land of plenty. He did play some good defense & pulled down some timely rebounds, but compared to last year & the other imports in the league im sorry to say Ron is a few steps behind this year.
Dorseys team mate Ayinde Ubaka also had a shocker of a game, going 0/4 from three point land, 4 turnovers & 8 points. He often looked rattled out on the court causing himself to over dribble, breaking up plays. In saying that, i expect both players to pick it up when or IF Patty Mills goes back to the NBA.

Flirting with the exit:
The Sydney Kings picked up 2 wins this round mostly thanks for their Rookie, Bose. As usual Ratzsch was average at best on Sunday night against the Hawks, but had a solid game against the 36ers on Friday. The fact that the Kings went 2-0 this weekend has saved Ratzsch for another round or two despite his below average play. But there has been rumors lately that the Kings have been shopping around for another import, i don’t see the Kings getting rid of fan favorite Jerai Grant just yet, and after his double double game (including 4 blocks) against the Hawks he looks less likely to be given the walking papers. So it should be interesting over the next 2-3 weeks to see or/when Ratzsch goes, who will the Kings pick up? With a longer lockout looking more likely, will they take a run at an NBA talent?

Most Improved:
This week you can’t look past Wollongongs big man, Joevan “Megatron” Catron. Every game this year he has improved, granted his minutes have slowly gone up every game. The energy this guy brings to the game really lifts the Hawks (who are still down 1 import mind you) every night. Friday nights game against the Blaze was due, i mean the Blaze started the season off slow & they have the talent to win it this year. So it was expected a breakout game was coming soon, and it happened against the Hawks. But the Hawks made a run in the 3rd with Joevans energy leading the way. He scored 13 points & 3 rebounds in 23 minutes. Fast forward to Sundays game against the Kings & Catron lead the team in scoring & rebounding with 23 points & 8 rebounds. He also picked up 4 assists, shot 50% from the field & 91% from the free throw line. Catrons timely scoring & crashing the boards (7 of his rebounds were on the offensive end!) kept the Hawks in the game right until the final minute. Now if Gordie would only run more plays for him..

Import ranking week 2
#1 – Kevin Lisch / 24ppg*, 2.7apg, 2.7rpg, 66%FG
#2 – Cedric Jackson / 15ppg, 4.5apg, 4.5rpg, 2.3spg*
#3 – Jerai Grant/ 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.5bpg*
*=Leading League

Positions vacant:
Wollongong Hawks – 1 spot
Perth Wildcats – 1 spot
Gold Coast Blaze – 1 spot

Released Imports
John Williamson – 36ers
0 games

Mike English – Blaze
1 game. 0 points. 4 turnovers

Donavan Monroe – Hawks
0 games

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