After a weekend of exclusive action in the BBL Trophy first round, the BBL All-Star 5 is led by two record-holding British internationals, alongside a pair of Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks and a veteran star from Division 1 of the National Basketball League.
Dan Clark – Giants of Manchester
All-time top scorer for the British national team, Clark makes his fourth All-Star 5 appearance of the season, which is second among all players as he chases teammate Tyrik Armstrong and MVP Geno Crandall at the top of the table. He’s on the squad for the second straight week with the Giants on a four-game winning streak after knocking out local rivals B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, Clark finishing with 26 points after shooting 9-13 (69%) on the field, adding seven rebounds and six assists.
Teddy Okereafor – Cheshire Phoenix
Phoenix dominated in their home first-round draw against Sony Center Fury, the Scottish Championship basketball team, led by an efficient performance from Great Britain goalkeeper Teddy Okereafor, who recently broke the record for consecutive appearances for the national team. In just 23 minutes of action, he scored 20 points on 8-11 (72%) shots, took seven rebounds and distributed seven assists, with three steals, including 14 points in the first quarter as Cheshire established an early lead. and never looked back.
Malcolm Smith – Derby Pioneers
US forward Malcolm Smith is in his sixth season in NBL1, fourth with the Derby Trailblazers, and put in a heroic performance, upending Surrey Scorchers on the road in the first round of the BBL Trophy. He has averaged over 20 points per game over his career and achieved a huge double-double in this one of 36 points and 12 rebounds, in just 34 minutes, proving a grip for the Scorchers as he has drawn 12 fouls, the most by any player in a BBL game this season, knocking down 12-14 (85%) at the free throw line. Derby led from the third minute as Smith scored 11 points in the first quarter.
Ali Fraser – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
Also making his fourth All-Star 5 appearance in the campaign and joining Clark in second among all players in that regard, Scottish big man Ali Fraser was dominant as Rocks knocked out NBL1 champions Team Solent Kestrels at the ‘Emirates Arena. He shot 12-19 (63%) from the field, with seven rebounds and three blocks, including nine points in the first quarter as Glasgow scored the game’s first nine and led from start to finish; adding six points at the start of the fourth to settle the game after Kestrels kept him competitive throughout.
Jordan Harris – Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks
Another great performance from this game leads Jordan Harris to make the weekly squad for the third time, and the second in the past three weeks, as he has only missed the field once on his way to 15. points on 7-8 (87%) shot, also grabbing eight rebounds with two assists. That included six points in the quick start in the first quarter, as well as a three-point shot with the last play of the first half after Kestrels came back to single digits.
Off the bench: Lamar Hamrick (Surrey Scorchers), Denzel Ubiaro (Plymouth City Patriots), Blake Bowman (Derby Trailblazers), Geno Crandall (Leicester Riders), Kyle Carey (Cheshire Phoenix), Kemel Archer (Team Solent Kestrels), Josh Steel (Giants of Manchester).