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Irish Ballers Abroad – November Update

This season TCC will be taking a regular look at all the Irish ballers applying their trade overseas at a variety of levels. If you know of a player we may have missed please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this post.

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Scannell in action vs UCONN

Scannell in action vs UCONN

Clodagh Scannell

Scannell is a sophomore at Boston University and has played in all four games so far this season with notable appearances against Harvard (3Pts, 2 Rebounds, 2 Assists) and vs URI (4 Assists). However her standout performance came this past week when she set a career high 9 points vs the legendary UCONN Huskies women’s basketball program. Scannell connected on three shots from downtown and also picked up 4 rebounds in the teams loss.

Neil Randolph

According to Randolph the Elmira Eagles team goal this year is to, at least, finish top 4 in their conference and win the conference tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. His personal goal was to keep his starting spot and increase his stats across board and he is certainly doing that. Randolph averaged 7.9 points and 2.3 assists per game last season but this year is averaging 19.8 points, 1.5 assists and 5 rebounds per game while doing so efficiently, shooting 50% from the floor, 44% from three and 86% at the line. This follows a great start to the season where Randolph was named to the NYU tip-off tournament in Manhattan’s all-tournament team and just this week set a career high with 32 points and 9 rebounds vs Hilbert College. Check out his post-game interview below:

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O'Reilly is steadily improving in her new role in Spain.

O’Reilly is steadily improving in her new role in Spain.

Orla O’Reilly

O’Reilly is playing for Bembibre in the Liga Feminina, Spain’s top women’s basketball league. Bembibre find themselves in mid table after a 4-3 start to the season and the former Glanmire player is averaging 6.6 points, 1 rebound, 1.1 steals and 1.1 assists per game in 17.24 minutes of action. O’Reilly looks to be improving in her new surroundings as she has forced her way into the starting five and had her best game of the season last week going off for 16 points in a close loss to Gran Canaria. All Bembibre games can be viewed on the leagues YouTube channel and streamed live on FEB.tv

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Jordan McClelland

McClelland is one of a host of Irish players that have joined up with the Plymouth Raiders academy and the former North Star player has wasted no time in making his mark across the water.  McClelland has averaged 25.25 points in his first four academy games and was one of four academy players selected to play with the senior BBL squad. (Fellow Irish players Charlie Coombs and Jason Carr also called up to train with the BBL team) However after McClelland impressed in the BBL preseason none of the Irish players have yet been eligible to feature in the  BBL regular season due to licensing issues.  Despite this good news came last week when McClelland was named the Elite Basketball Academies League (EABL) “Player of the Week”.

Eric Westbrooks is the best on the ball defender at Thomas College

Eric Westbrooks is the best on the ball defender at Thomas College

Round Up

Eric Westbrooks has had a solid start to his junior season at Thomas College and is averaging 5.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game. Jordan Blout is playing for Gran Canaria this season but like a number of young Irish players has had trouble getting his FIBA License. Blout has confirmed that the license finally came through a few days ago and his first game is this Wednesday. Kate Maher is playing with BC Apollo in Amsterdam but has had a frustrating start to the season having sustained 2 broken ribs and might not see any action now until the new year. Patrick Lyons and Oisin Kerlin are both at Barking Abbey and have boon made the cut of the final 12 players selected to travel to Florida to play in the City of Palms classic in December where they will be up against such teams as Ganon Baker’s elev8 academy. Injury woes continue for UPENN’s Keelan Cairns as the Belfast man will sit out this season after picking up a back injury. Jessica Scannell is playing with the Nottingham Wildcats who are currently 5-2 in the EBL division one having just today secured a victory over the league leading Cardiff Archers who also feature an Irish player – Caoimhe Colgan. Scannell played a big part in the victory going for 16 points. Former Longford, Durham Wildcats, Shamrocks Hoops and Crailsheim Merlins player Mark Reynolds only decided this week that be would play competitive basketball after moving to London for his career. He has signed for Newham Neptune in the EBL1 and had his first game yesterday scoring 12 points in 25 mins of action. Chris Butler and Jason Killeen are both playing professional basketball in France and we will have a more in depth look at how they are progressing in the next update.

Niall McDermott is the Co-Founder and editor of The Courtside Collective and the owner of BasketballDirect.co.uk You can reach him on Twittter by following @nzamcdza or email him at niall@thecourtsidecollective.com 

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  1. Mary Kelly says:

    I don’t see any mention of Dylan Costelloe who is playing with Ipswich Basketball Academy in England this year.

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