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Import Report #5

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Active Imports:
Chris Warren – 36ers
Diamon Simpson – 36ers
Andrew Warren – Taipans
Jamar Wilson – Taipans
Adris Deleon – Blaze
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
Showron Glover – Hawks

Leader of the pack:
It’s no surprise who is still on top here, Kevin Lisch took out the player of the month award this month, and rightly so. In round 5 against the Hawks, Lisch seemed to have a quiet game with “only” 17 points. But he filled up the stat sheet with 6 assists, 5 rebounds & 1 steal. Many critics have rated him as the best import over the past 10 years, i’m not so sure about that (Ervin, Williams etc i would put higher than Lisch) but he would have to be the best import this year.
Next round the Wildcats take on the Taipans in Cairns & the Wildcats will be the favorites, to put it bluntly the Taipans don’t have a player that can stop Lisch. So expect him to have another big game. 

A step behind:
Usually this spot is reserved for Kevin Ratzsch, but he has really stepped it up lately. So we turn to the other import for the Kings. Jerai Grant.
Grant started off the season really well, but has been inconsistent all year. One game he’s getting 16 points and the next game he’s getting 6. One game he gets 4 blocks & then gets just 1 block over the next two games. The Kings need Grant to step up & be the second option on the team. At the moment he’s 4th option at best. Not good.  

Flirting with the exit:
The next import to be released will be without a doubt – Andrew Warren. Last rounds game he went a terrible 2/13 from the field in a loss against the Melbourne Tigers. In fact if you take away his 28 point performance he had against the Blaze in round 2, he has shot 21% from the field, 18% from 3 & just 6 points per game! The question now is, how much longer will he last? If he has poor performance this week, which is very likely as they are playing the Perth Wildcats.. And the Taipans lose, surely he will find himself on the next flight out of the country.

Most Improved:
Even though it was in a loss, Wollongong  Hawks little man Showron “Showtime” Glover had a solid game against the Wildcats. When he was on the court he looked in tune with the team & when he was off the court the team looked like they were a step behind.
Glover should of had around 6 – 7 assists for the game, he created a lot of easy shots for his team mates. But they could not finish around the basket. Showron finished the game with 13 points on 56% from the field and dished out 2 assists in only 21 minutes. If Glover can get around 30 – 35 minutes per game he would lead the league in scoring & be a top 3 in assists.. yes he is that good. But would it translate to wins? We will have to wait and see.

Underrated:
Two words – Gary Wilkinson.
Wilkinson had a great year last year and received some notice. This year he has stepped it up and seemingly no one is talking about him. The Breakers have the best record in the league, he is the best player on the best team, he is 3rd in the league in scoring with 19.5 points per game. He also picks up 6.7 rebounds per game and shoots it at 58% from the field.
Last round he touched the 36ers with 29 points and 9 rebounds in only 28 minutes.
If the Breakers end up with the best record at the end of the season and Wilkinson keeps playing like he has been, he should surely be MVP.

Import ranking week 4
#1 – Kevin Lisch / 21ppg*, 3.4apg, 3.8rpg, 57%FG
#2 – Gary Wilkinson/ 19.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 58%FG
#3 – Jamar Wilson / 14ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg, 47%FG
*=Leading League

Positions vacant:
Perth Wildcats – 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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