Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thomas Abercrombie Meets the World

Every international tournament marks some young player's coming out party, as his spectacular play and athleticism get him noticed worldwide, often leading to a contract in the NBA. One such player definitely catching eyes this tournament is Thomas Abercrombie, shooting guard for New Zealand. He is 6'6, 198# and 23 years old, currenlty playing for the Breakers, in the New Zealand Basketball League.

He actually led his team in rebounding in NZ first game against Lithuania, amassing an incredible 8 offensive rebounds, finishing with 11 total, to go with 7 points, in 21 minutes.

Against Spain, he got even better, pouring in 19 points (on only 11 shots), and cleared 6 rebounds, tied for team high, in only 21 minutes off the bench.

In today's game against Lebanon, Abercrombie was back in the starting lineup, and played for a full 30 minutes, making the most of it: 23 points (on 17 shots). Again leading the team in rebounds with 7 total, of which 5 were on the offensive glass.

After three games, Abercrombie actually has more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds. This stat really highlights his toughness and athleticism. He lets the big guys clean the glass on the defensive side, but on offensive, he attacks the rim with ferocity.

Here is one of his sweet dunks. It was the same play they ran a couple days ago against Spain, with him finishing over Marc Gasol. I hope somene puts together a full highlight reel from the Championships for him. He is an amazing leaper, and his overall game is solid. I would expect to see him move up from the New Zealand pro league very shortly after this breakout performance.

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