As we wind down the regular season in leagues across the world, we've slowed down our Baller of the Week feature. However, a big game from Askia Booker got our attention and we decided to continue with Baller of the Week through the month of May. Booker's team, UCAM Murcia, is fighting off relegation, and his huge performance this week against Baxi Manresa helped spur his team on to victory. Booker scored 40 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists, as well as hitting an incredible nine three-pointers in Murcia's 96-86 victory over sixth-place Manresa. The fifth-year pro has had several big games in the past month and is doing his best to keep his team in Liga Endesa next season, and such a big performance in crunch time made his an easy choice for Baller of the Week.
Greg Whittington has been putting up impressive numbers all month, but it's his most recent performance that's got us talking. Whittington scored a season-high 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds and five assists in Hapoel Gilboa Galil's 96-93 victory over Ironi Nahariya in the Israeli Winner League. The big man is averaging a solid 18.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, but he really elevated his stats as his team tries to snag one of the final playoff spots. Gilboa Galil currently sits in tenth place in the league standings with a 10-17 record, two games back of eighth place, but if Whittington can continue to produce performances like he did next week, Gilboa Galil could be a force to be reckoned with.
Kenny Hayes balled out this week in Turkey, and we took notice. Hayes dropped an incredible 47 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds in Buyukcekmece's narrow 106-103 loss to Bahcesehir in the Turkish Basketball Super League. The Miami (OH) product also hit nine three-pointers in the game and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line, the third time this season he's made 10+ shots from the charity stripe. Hayes has been having one of the best seasons of his career, averaging career highs in points and assists, and this breakout game in one of the most competitive leagues in Europe made him an easy choice for Baller of the Week.
We're in Germany for Baller of the Week, where Dwayne Evans had a monster game for Ratiopharm Ulm in their victory over Crailsheim Merlins. Evans had 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the 99-87 victory, a key win for Ratiopharm as they look to hold on to their playoff spot in the fiercely competitive Basketball Bundesliga. The Saint Louis University product has had steady averages for Ratiopharm so far this season, and is in the top 10 in the BBL in scoring and rebounding. His team currently sits in seventh place in the BBL standings with a 12-11 record, but are only one game ahead of the eleventh-place team. Evans great performance in such an important game earn him Baller of the Week status this week.
Another big game in a European competition has us taking notice this week. Rashawn Thomas had a huge double-double for Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Italy) in the FIBA Europe Cup, dropping 40 points to go along with 16 rebounds in his team's 94-68 stomping of Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden (Netherlands) which put Sassari into the quarterfinals of the competition. The power forward hit 15 of his 22 shots from the floor, including shooting 4-of-6 from three-point range, while also grabbing four of his 16 rebounds on the offensive end. The second-year pro out of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi nearly quadrupled his season scoring average of 11.0 points per game, but has seen his best moments in Europe Cup play, where he is averaging 15.4 points per game. Thomas' success in such a big game for the team made him an easy choice for Baller of the Week.
It's been a long time since we were in Belgium for Baller of the Week, but a big performance in the EuroMillions Basketball League made us take notice. Hugh Robertson has only played seven games for the Stella Artois Leuven Bears, and he had his best game to date when dropping 30 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists in the Bears' 88-79 victory over Hubo Limburg United. The South Florida grad had season-highs in minutes, points, rebounds and assists, and propelled his team to within one game of a playoff spot. If Robertson can keep up these dazzling performances, he will help salvage an otherwise forgettable season for the Leuven Bears. The performance in such an important game made him an easy choice for Baller of the Week.