At TCC we have decided to come up with a current ranking of the top 20 \"Irish\" basketball players currently playing the game. The idea is to have a vote pre-season, mid-season and at the end of the season to try and keep the standings moderately up to date. (This list is for the men, ladies to follow!)Drum roll please.... PositionNameScore1Colin O\'Reilly1142Paul Dick1083Jermaine Turner1034Jason Killeen905Kyle Hosford 846Michael Bonaparte827Conor Grace808Isaac Westbrooks669Martin Provizors6010Roy Downey5511Jordan Blount54=Conor Meany5413Puff Summers 4414Dan James3915Scott Kinnevine 2616Neil Baynes2517Shane Coughlan2418John Caroll2219Chris Butler2020Aurimus Statkus 18 Other players receiving votes: Neil Randolph, Adrian O\'Sullivan, Cian Nihill, Keelan Cairns, Mark Nagle, Ger Noonan, Ciaran O\'Sullivan, Phil Taylor, Paddy Lyons, Neil Campbell, Eric Westbrooks, Mick McGinn, [caption id=\"attachment_7367\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"313\"] Jordan Blount just missed out on a top 10 spot.[/caption]The Rules:1. To be eligible players must have been born and played junior basketball in Ireland, or, have been living in Ireland as a resident for at least the past three years.2. Players must be currently playing competitive basketball.3. There are 6 judges with experience in the MPL, the National League and International basketball. The judges are spread out from all over Ireland.4. Each judge ranks his top 20 players. 1st place player gets 20 points, 2nd gets 19 points etc. All the judges scores are added together and the top 20 players are listed." />

Top 20 “Irish” Basketball Players

Comparing players is pointless and impossible. How do you compare the effectiveness of a 7 foot center with a 5’8″ lightning quick point guard? How do you effectively rank a player playing in NCAA basketball vs one playing in the MPL? In saying that comparing and debating players is also pretty much one of the most fun basketball debates whether it be NBA legends or local league Irish ballers.

At TCC we have decided to come up with a current ranking of the top 20 “Irish” basketball players currently playing the game. The idea is to have a vote pre-season, mid-season and at the end of the season to try and keep the standings moderately up to date. (This list is for the men, ladies to follow!)

Drum roll please….

 

Position Name Score
1 Colin O’Reilly 114
2 Paul Dick 108
3 Jermaine Turner 103
4 Jason Killeen 90
5 Kyle Hosford  84
6 Michael Bonaparte 82
7 Conor Grace 80
8 Isaac Westbrooks 66
9 Martin Provizors 60
10 Roy Downey 55
11 Jordan Blount 54
= Conor Meany 54
13 Puff Summers  44
14 Dan James 39
15 Scott Kinnevine  26
16 Neil Baynes 25
17 Shane Coughlan 24
18 John Caroll 22
19 Chris Butler 20
20 Aurimus Statkus  18

 

Other players receiving votes: Neil Randolph, Adrian O’Sullivan, Cian Nihill, Keelan Cairns, Mark Nagle, Ger Noonan, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Phil Taylor, Paddy Lyons, Neil Campbell, Eric Westbrooks, Mick McGinn,

 

Jordan Blount  just missed out on a top 10 spot.

Jordan Blount just missed out on a top 10 spot.

The Rules:

1. To be eligible players must have been born and played junior basketball in Ireland, or, have been living in Ireland as a resident for at least the past three years.

2. Players must be currently playing competitive basketball.

3. There are 6 judges with experience in the MPL, the National League and International basketball. The judges are spread out from all over Ireland.

4. Each judge ranks his top 20 players. 1st place player gets 20 points, 2nd gets 19 points etc. All the judges scores are added together and the top 20 players are listed.


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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

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