We look at who was lighting it up in the BBL during January.
Yet again, the prolific Jaysean Paige (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) topped the scoring charts as he fired 23.8 points per game. He was one of no fewer than six players who swept past the 20 points per game landmark. Molten BBL Player of the Month, Cory Dixon (London Lions) fired 21.3 points per game, Great Britain guard Kofi Josephs (Glasgow Rocks) rounded out the podium with 20.4 points per outing. Meanwhile Ingus Bankevics (Manchester Giants), Earl Brown (Glasgow Rocks) and Tony Hicks (Surrey Scorchers) were all locked on 20.3 points per game.
Our top trio in this category were on fire and all passed 75% from the field, with Joe Ikhinmwin (London Lions) leading the way with an eye-popping 87.5%, while Alejandro Navajas (Worcester Wolves) dropped 82.4%. Earl Brown (Glasgow Rocks) netted 73.3% and there was a nice high-volume effort from Pierre Hampton (Leicester Riders) with 66.7% after making 28 of 42 from the floor.
It was mid-season arrival Mike Ojo (Worcester Wolves) who took the honour as the only player during January to make more than half of his attempts from behind the arc after sinking 54.2%. He was followed by Adrian Kuyinu (Leeds Force) at 46.2%, with the third podium step shared by Kofi Josephs (Glasgow Rocks) and Ingus Bankevics (Manchester Giants) on 44.4%.
On the glass
After not a single player accrued double-digits in rebounding during December, it was back to normal last month, with four players getting into double-figures. David Kadiri (Manchester Giants) was way out in front with 14.7 rebounds per game, with Tony Wroblicky (DBL Sharks Sheffield) taking the silver medal with 12,3 rebounds per outing. Brandon Peel (London Lions) and Jordan Williams (Surrey Scorchers) also secured double-doubles in the month with 10.3 boards each per game.
Passing the rock
Elvisi Dusha (Worcester Wolves) had one of the best ever months not only this season, but in BBL history as he handed out an astonishing 50 assists in five games. In second place, Mackey McKnight (DBL Sharks Sheffield) stepped things up with a fine 8 assists per game, while Neil Watson (Plymouth Raiders) has been an ever-present on our podium and weighed in with 7.8 per game. Rob Sandoval (Cheshire Phoenix), Callum Jones (Manchester Giants) and Tony Hicks (Surrey Scorchers) all handed out six assists per more during January.
On the line
There was also one of the best ever free-throw performances of the season and in recent memory as Mike Ojo (Worcester Wolves) finished with a 100% record after knocking down 20 of 20 from the charity stripe. Eric Curth (Leeds Force) was also bang on the money with an impressive 15 of 15.
Rob Sandoval (Cheshire Phoenix) put the squeeze on December’s chart-topper Neil Watson (Plymouth Raiders) and shuffled himself alongside Watson on that coveted top spot, since both players grabbed 2.4 steals per game. Nate Britt (Glasgow Rocks) was just behind with 2.2 per outing.
*Minimum 3 games to qualify.