TBT In The Pros 2.1.19


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

New month, same results for our TBT fam

It was a busy week in the TBT universe, but we couldn't forget about our guys grinding overseas. From 50-point performances to triple-doubles, TBT'ers once again shined all over the world. Here's a closer look at this week's top performers!

Jimmer Fredette (Team Fredette) - Shanghai Sharks (China)

Jimmer truly never ceases to amaze us. Not only did he drop a casual 53 points on the Tianjin Gold Lions on Tuesday, but he did it while shooting 12-13 from inside the perimeter and 6-14 from downtown. For all those who say he does not belong in the NBA, just take a second to digest those stats. As TBT fans are well aware of, these incredible outings have become almost routine for Jimmer in China. In the team's first 32 games of the season, he's averaging 37.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game. Come on Knicks, let's make it happen!


Stephen Holt (Gael Force) - Astana (Kazakhstan)

It's been a rollercoaster of a season for Holt, who spent just over a month in Australia before signing in Russia in early December. On Sunday night, the St. Mary's alum showed that he's assimilating with his new team quite nicely. In Astana's 90-77 win over VEF Riga, Holt scored a season-high 22 points and pulled down six rebounds. He's averaging 11.3 points and 3 rebounds per game on the season. 


Jordan Hulls (Armored Athlete) - Wuerzburg (Germany)

No matter if he's playing in TBT or overseas, Hulls has a reputation for being Mr. Reliable. Predictably, he lived up to that name once again on Wednesday night. The Indiana alum scored 20 points on 7-8 shooting from the field (4-4 3PFG) in Wuerzburg's 104-91 win over Pinar Karsiyaka.  Over the course of the team's first 26 games, Hulls is averaging 12.5 points and 3.1 assists per game in BBL action and 15.2 points and 3.7 assists per game against Europe Cup foes. Talk about getting the job done every single night.


DJ Kennedy (Overseas Elite) - Melbourne United (Australia)

With the way he's been playing recently, DJ might have to clear up some room for even more hardware. The two-time TBT MVP scored 17 points, pulled down 13 boards, and dished out 4 assists in Melbourne United's 113-89 win over the Illawarra Hawks last Wednesday night. He followed it up on Monday with a 16-point, 9-rebound, 6-assist outing against the Adelaide 36ers. In 19 games this season, DJ is averaging 12.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.


Rashad Madden (Team Arkansas) - Hapoel Upper Galilee Safed (Israel)

Undoubtedly the hardest part about playing in Israel is the one game per week schedule. Just as soon as you start to get into a rhythm, you have to wait another seven days to take the court again. With that being said, this certainly hasn't phased Rashad Madden. In Hapoel Galilee's last three games, the Arkansas alum is averaging 24.3 points, 8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Those numbers almost mirror his output against Afula on Tuesday night, where he dropped 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in an 83-75 win.


Julian Mavunga (Fort Wayne Champs) - Kyoto Hannaryz (Japan)

Speaking of guys who have been on a hot streak lately, Julian Mavunga continues to tear up the competition in Japan. In 29 games this season, the Fort Wayne Champs forward is averaging 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game. Almost more remarkable is the fact that Mavunga has scored at least 10 points every single time he's taken the floor. Think about that for a second - he literally never has a bad game. That trend continued on Wednesday night when he logged a stat line of 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in an 82-76 win over Ryukyu. 


Evan Ravenel (Scarlet & Gray) - Fukushima Firebonds (Japan)

Similar to Mavunga, Big Rav gets it done every single night in Japan. In 34 games this season, the Ohio State product is averaging 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Oh yeah, he has also scored at least 10 points in every single game this season. It was more of the same from Ravenel in Fukushima's 97-93 win over Cyberdyne IR on Monday night. In 35 minutes of work, Rav racked up 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists. His efforts landed him Japanese B2 League MVP of the Week honors. 


Marcus Relphorde (Team Colorado) - Maccabi Rehovot (Israel)

While he's been great all season, Relphorde has really taken his game to the next level since the turn of the calendar. In his last six games, the Colorado alum is averaging 24.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. His most recent gem came on Tuesday night when he scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 5 dimes in a 105-92 win over Kiryat Motzkin. He was rewarded with a spot on the National League Interperformances Players of the Week list.