There are a trio of debutantes in our line-up this week, including a pair of British stars in what is our penultimate All Star Five of the calendar year!
Stefan Gill (Manchester Giants)
The first of our newcomers is the Giants’ guard who gets his first spot of the campaign – although he is certainly no stranger to the prestige of a starting appearance from his work in previous seasons. Now a veteran, Gill inspired his team with a massive 31 points as they took a dramatic and much needed win at Plymouth University Raiders. He fired six three-pointers and also amassed five assists and three rebounds, to get his team back on a winning track heading onto Christmas.
Ingus Bankevics (Manchester Giants)
While Gill was setting the tone for Giants, his sharp-shooting Latvian colleague was bringing the noise alongside him on the wing with a similarly fruitful effort from the perimeter. He also had the hot-hand from long-distance and helped to put Raiders to the sword with five triples, in a sparkling 27-point haul. Bankevics also chipped in with five assists, four rebounds and two steals, to wrap up his first All-Star starting five berth of the season.
Charles Smith (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
It’s a fourth appearance of as an All Star starter for the reigning BBL MVP, with Smith having hit the heights in a hard-fought road win at Cheshire Oaks against the Phoenix. He poured in 26 points for the Eagles and was a perfect five of five from downtown – shooting a wonderful 75% from the floor on the night. He also came up with six assists, five rebounds and a steal, in a trademark all-action contribution for the league leaders.
Orlan Jackman (Worcester Wolves)
The athletic British forward who recently penned a deal with Wolves, racks up his debut place in our starting five in real style. Not only did he produce the best performance of the week anywhere in the BBL, he also dished up a particularly stunning dunk for the highlights reel too. Jackman starred with 27 points against Surrey Scorchers, sinking a perfect four of four from the perimeter to also show his shooting range and he recorded a standout six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Scott Martin (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle)
The forward retains his starting place from last week after again starring for the unbeaten Eagles. He helped the North-East club to extend their record-breaking winning streak a little further, after sinking 22 points from an excellent 9 of 13 shooting effort against Cheshire Phoenix. He dropped four triples and came close to a double-double with eight rebounds, while also showing great defensive work with four steals.
Off the bench – Drew Sullivan (Leicester Riders), Pavol Losonsky (Worcester Wolves), Will Hall (Glasgow Rocks), Daryl Corletto (Plymouth University Raiders), Danny Huffor (Cheshire Phoenix), Tyrone Lee (Bristol Flyers), Callum Jones (Manchester Giants)