Rebound Team of the Week (February 10/11 2024)

Eight games across D1M gave Rebound's Chris Hughes plenty of options for his Player and Team of the Week picks.

The Rebound All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, sifted through the best of the best before making his selections, creating another star-studded line up led by one very special performance.

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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


Malcolm Smith- Derby Trailblazers, forward


Smith is having a season to remember and was a key reason Derby found themselves victorious in Saturday’s showdown with Newcastle.

From a 12-point deficit, Smith contributed eight points in the third quarter to turn the tide and push his side into the ascendency.

The former NBL MVP earnt his second Rebound NBL Player Of The Week award with a great contribution in key areas. He helped Derby excel in the paint and via second chance points, grabbing five offensive boards.

Luke Busumbru - Essex Rebels, guard


Busumbru showcased his credentials as one of the signings of the season with a high-quality performance, leading all Essex players in all major categories categories bar blocks, and doing it in less than 24 minutes of action.

The former Solent guard showed his winning pedigree versus a resurgent Bradford side to help solidify Essex’s title push, getting his side off to the perfect start and contributing to all but two of Essex’s plays as they raced to an early 19-7 lead. 

Sam Masten – Derby Trailblazers, guard


Masten flirted with a quadruple-double in a performance that almost earnt him this week’s top individual honours.

Newcastle tried to make life difficult for the floor general, however Masten was having none of it as he frequently disrupted their offence and contributed heavily to Derby getting another dub to add to their title challenge.

Daniel Johnson-Thompson - Worthing Thunder, forward


Jonson-Thompson put in a fine all-round double-double performance, including a key contribution down the stretch, to help Worthing past Newcastle.

The Former BBL man provided key offensive plays in a 19-3 scoring run before chipping in a pair of key steals to boot.

Those efforts helped secure a big road-trip result against a slightly shorthanded Newcastle, pushing Thunder towards the top-eight conversation in the process.

Bode Adeluola - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Adeluola makes a back-to-back appearance in my Team of the Week with an efficient 32-point performance against Birmingham, a battle of two teams trying to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.

Bode sunk game-winning free throws in the final moments to stretch the lead to a six, doing just enough to keep the Cavs in front in the 104-100 win.

Team basketball 

Thunder make some noise on the road

Worthing made the longest trip in D1M for a 94-91 win versus high-flying Newcastle.

They utilised every member of their eight-man rotation as only one player posted fewer than eight points, with the team doing their business in efficient style either side of the arc, netting 59 2P% and 45 3P%.

Honourable mentions 

Ty Nsangu (LON) - 15P/17R/2A/31EFF
Orlan Jackman (COB) - 18P/13R/5A/2S/24EFF vs REA & 16P/16R/6A/2B/28EFF @TVC
Samuel Toluwase (COB) - 16P/2A/2S/9EFF vs REA & 37P/8R/3A/35EFF @TVC
Ronald Blain (BRA) - 25P/10R/5A/2S/30EFF
Josh Moore (NEW) - 14P/7R/2A/8EFF @DTB & 28P/8R/4A/30EFF vs WOR