Rebound Team of the Week (December 9/10 2023)

The penultimate weekend of 2023 didn't disappoint, with plenty of high-quality D1M performances across the two days.

Chris Hughes, the Rebound All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, was spoiled for choice when looking for top outings to consider for his Player and Team of the Week honours.

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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's 28-point performance included some clutch play down the stretch in Newcastle's 103-95 win over Reading.

He efficiently provided nine points in the final five minutes, including a valuable and-one, as the former Loughborough man shot the lights out on a productive afternoon.

Without missing a beat as part of an efficient performance, the Newcastle guard went 9/12 from two-point range and 55% overall to make it back-to-back Rebound NBL Player Of The Week awards.

The versatile guard did a bit of everything, especially starting and finishing the game strongly, contributing nine points in the first quarter and showcasing his range of shooting against the title-contending Rockets.

Victor Olarerin - Essex Rebels, guard


In the 10-point dub versus top-four rivals Loughborough, Olarerin lead all scorers with 32 points whilst also leading all players with four steals in a fine two-way performance that was head and shoulders above the rest.

He started well, netting 14 points in the first quarter to get the Rebels off to a great start and ensuring Loughborough were left chasing the lead for most of the game.

The Riders never held more than a two-point advantage and Olarerin's contributions were a big reason for it.  

Landon Taliaferro – Nottingham Hoods, guard


Taliaferro was lethal in the capital, posting the most efficient performance of the weekend with six dimes to go alongside an ultra-efficient 26-point and 10-rebound double-double.

He scored or assisted 16 of Nottingham’s 34 fourt- quarter points as a big final act, playing a big part in the 12-point dub over London Elite.

Brayden Inger - Hemel Storm, forward


Inger put on a three-point masterclass, shooting the lights out as the catalyst in the 32-point win versus play-off contending City of Birmingham.

His shooting opened the spacing to allow plenty of easy looks elsewhere as four of Hemel's five starters got double digits in scoring.

Inger would finish with seven triples from nine attempts as the reigning champs built a 25-point first-half lead before cruising to a W after the break.

Justin Hopkins - Team Newcastle, guard


Hopkins was on fire in Newcastle's league and Cup double-header winning weekend with a strong offensive performance against Reading.

The guard tied POTW Rooney for points but led all players on the offensive boards and was a key cog as a playmaker with five dimes. He helped lead the charge on that front, with Newcastle’s starting five contributed to a staggering 21 assists.

Hopkins did a bit of everything on the offensive end to ensure Newcastle got their fifth win of the season, earning him a deserving spot in my Team Of The Week.

Team basketball 

Newcastle protect the Rock to down the Rockets

Newcastle put on a high-scoring show against Reading in a contest that showcased some of the elite talent in NBL1.

The University side showed the ball the respect it deserved, clocking up 26 assists whilst restricting themselves to just five turnovers.

The elite passing made the shooter’s job easier and panicked the Rockets’ defence, resulting in an efficient team 41 three-point percentage for the hosts.

Newcastle also took advantage of their freebies when sent to the line, netting 20 out of 25 shots from the stripe.

Honourable mentions 

Sam Newman (HEM) - 12P/3R/13A/5S/25EFF

Hakeem Sylla (HEM) - 22P/11R/27EFF

Ny Nsangu (LON) - 17P/16R/2A/3B/28EFF

Rob Marsden (DTB) - 12P/12R/7A/30EFF

Bode Adeluola (TVC) - 25P/7R/3A/29EFF