KitKing Trophy: Rebound Team of the Week (01/02 October 2022)

The KitKing Trophy now has four confirmed semi-finalists, and Rebound's Chris Hughes has used the best of the quarter-final action to select his Team and Player of the Week.   

Chris, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, cast his eye over Saturday's action as Reading, Hemel, Worthing and Derby all picked up wins,  selecting his Player of the Week and four other standouts to make up his Team of the Week in the process.

Have your say on this week's choices and give a shout-out to the players you think deserve one using the hashtag #NBL2223 and #ReboundTOTW. Don't forget to tag us!    

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How it works 

Chris will pick a Player of the Week and four other selections to round out his Team of the Week, paying attention to the following criteria:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered for TOTW)

Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions at the bottom of the piece.


Troy Cracknell – Reading Rockets, guard

39PTS (12-13FTM), 13REB, 3AST, 1STL, 1BLK, 48EFF

Another week and another Troy Cracknell masterclass. Cracknell’s 11-point performance down the stretch was one of the key catalysts as Reading grabbed a 93-87 win against Loughborough, having trailed by five points at the start of the final quarter.

In the last two games, Reading’s latest star has only missed once in 22 trips to the line. Cracknell shot an NBA-like 63/50/92 percentage stat line, at a high volume to boot, for an almost carbon copy of last week’s achievements.

Kemel Archer - Worthing Thunder, forward

20pts, 12reb, 4ast, 2stl, 33eff

Former Solent Kestrels forward Kemel Archer put in a monster double-double performance to knock Thames Valley Cavaliers out of the Trophy.

With Worthing shooting a team 37.5% from the field, Archer’s five offensive rebounds led to key second-chance opportunities on a night where both teams struggled slightly with getting their shots to drop.

The versatile forward led all but one player (tied with team-mate Victor Olarerin) for field goals made and had the best accuracy against all volume shooters as his performance led the Thunder to a 16-point dub.

Jase Harrison - Derby Trailblazers, guard

27pts (7-7 3pt), 2reb, 5ast, 1stl, 31eff

Jase Harrison has been a revelation signing for Derby Trailblazers and is really unfortunate not to win ‘Player Of The Week’. A young Solent side didn't have an answer for how to stop the talented guard as he pushed Derby to a 110-70 win.

Harrison put on a shooting show, hitting a perfect seven from seven from three-point range and only missing one field-goal attempt overall in a 25-minute cameo. The former Lions II star was one of the reasons why Derby enjoyed so much spacing and shot around 70FG% as a team at the halfway point.

What also impressed was the guard’s movement in the paint to trick the defence on several occasions, opening up his own looks to dish five assists when the pass looked a better option.

Aaryn Rai – Hemel Storm, forward

24pts, 12reb, X2ast, 1blk, 35eff

Aaryn Rai put on a two-way performance in the paint to ensure that Hemel Storm tamed the Bradford Dragons to set up a semi-final tie at Reading Rockets.

The former Dartmouth star has settled in quickly to NBL life and was part of a team effort that kept veteran Ricky Fetske to under 10 points.

Rai was just unplayable as his influence showed on the box score, finishing with a +/- of 34 in the 21-point win.

Raheem May-Thompson – Derby Trailblazers, forward

25pts, 6reb, 4ast, 1stl, 1blk, 32eff

Raheem May-Thompson was a problem at the weekend. Lights-out shooting as well as an all-round performance was too much for a plucky young Solent side.

In a sub-26 minute outing, May-Thompson had the hot hand from everywhere as Derby filled their boots with a team 60.7FG%,

The experienced forward was targeted for fouls on the offensive end as well, with Solent trying anything to slow the former BBL man down as he piled up 25 points.

Team Basketball


You know a guard combo of Andre Arissol and David Moya will bring the intensity with a full-court press but Worthing's starting five all brought the energy this weekend, averaging around four defensive boards and nearly two steals as they held a dynamic Thames Valley Cavaliers side to just 66 points.

Even with wholesale changes, this Worthing side seem to be gelling very quickly and will be hard to beat as they aim to fulfil their lofty ambitions.


Derby put on a performance in front of the Trophy to show that the reigning champs aren't ready to move aside just yet.

Derby shot the lights out at close to 70% in the first half, building an advantage that opponents Solent would never be able to overcome.

No matter who was on the floor, Derby didn't relent as everyone got a taste of the success. Derby eventually ran out with a 40-point dub with every player getting at least two points yet nobody clocking more than 26 minutes.

Honourable mentions

Hakeem Sylla (HEM) – 18P/15R/2A/2S/2B/31EFF

Taylor Johnson (HEM) – 20P/9R/6A/5S/24EFF

Malcom Smith (DER) – 16P/4R/2A/1S/21EFF

Jeremiah Jenkins (REA) – 18P/3R/5A/21EFF

Justin Hedley (LOU) - 25P)/6R/5A/1S/26EFF



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