Rebound Team of the Week (December 2/3 2023)

December is here, but there's still a few more NBL honours to award before the year is out.

Chris Hughes, the Rebound All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, had another bumper batch of basketball to mull over this past weekend, picking out the best performances for his Player and Team of the Week accolades.

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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.

The Rebound Team of the Week


Logan Rooney - Newcastle University, guard


Rooney was a key part of the solution with 17 second-half points as Newcastle bounced back from a 29-point first-half deficit to win against Thames Valley, earning him my Player Of The Week award.

The versatile guard did a bit of everything, but most notably he was lights-out from the line with an almost perfect 12 from 13, whilst also providing key stops, leading all players with three steals and adding three blocks.

Luke Busumbru – Essex Rebels, guard


The former Surrey Scorchers’ guard showed his BBL pedigree in helping take down the Hoods in overtime with a confident performance that fell one dime short of a triple-double.

Busumbru was a handful throughout, even in overtime with a key assist for a timely triple before showcasing his dunking ability to offer a psychological blow as Essex pushed their lead out to six points.

Igor Stokic - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Stokic posted a monster performance in Newcastle, coming close to a triple-double with a weekend-high 27 rebounds.

His rebounding limited the opposition to just eight second-chance points while the Cavaliers dominated in the paint with 25 second-chance points of their own and 60 points in the paint.

The former Barking Abbey star impressed in the first quarter with his six-point, 11-rebound and five-assist output, contributing well to his side’s 21-point lead at the end of the quarter.

Elias Poorman - Essex Rebels, guard


Poorman put on a show from the Rebels' bench with a triple-double, helping his team get win with four points and three assists in overtime.

The former Solent captain’s influence shone brightest in the eight-point win as the one-time Rebound All Star led all players with a plus-minus 19.

Justin Hedley - Loughborough Riders, guard


It has been a strong season for Loughborough’s captain as Hedley put on a show in the 15-point dub against Barking. The talented guard was a standout performer for the Riders, leading all players in every box score category bar blocks and plus-minus.

Hedley did a bit of everything to help ensure his side got their sixth win of the season, earning him a well earnt spot in my Team Of The Week.

Team basketball 

London's Elite performance earns a road win

London Elite used a strong rebounding and passing performance to seal a tough road-trip victory against a fellow newly promoted side, City of Birmingham Rockets.

The bench more than played their part, Ty Nsangu got 10 rebounds, seven on the offensive end to capitalise on missed shots, whilst adding three blocks to a nice two-way performance.

Kane Daley also impressed, chipping in a team-high 22 points from the bench.

Honourable mentions 

Kane Daley (LON) - 22P/6R/1A/2S/24EFF

Zion Tordoff (BRA) - 17P/12R/2A/1S/1S/25EFF

Hakeem Sylla (HEM) - 27P/11R/2A/1S/1B/32EFF

Hafeez Abdul (WOR) - 36P/6R/1A/1S/33EFF

Landon Taliaferro (NOT) - 25P/4R/8A/2S/1B/31EFF



Main image credit - Lydia Bond