Rebound Team of the Week (February 24/25 2024)

Seven D1M games were on the schedule last weekend, with each one throwing up plenty of quality individual performances.

Rebound's Chris Hughes, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, looked across them all and had a gander at who he wanted to highlight for his latest Player and Team of the Week picks.

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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


Orlan Jackman - City of Birmingham Rockets, forward


Orlan Jackman had a big effect across all five quarters of this weekend's 102-96 OT win over Nottingham.

The Rockets' forward put in a monster double-double performance in extremely efficient fashion, shooting 7/13 from the field that included going 3/4 from beyond the arc.

Jackman really turned it on in overtime, supplying COB with half of their 16 points to ensure Birmingham earnt the dub as the Commonwealth Gold medalist takes Rebound’s NBL Player Of The Week honours.

Landon Taliaferro - Nottingham Hoods, guard


Landon Taliaferro put on a shooting masterclass and showcased his bucket-making ability at all three levels with a mammoth 42-point performance in the overtime loss in Birmingham.

The forward did everything he could do to try and get the win, including hitting a huge three to force overtime, but it wouldn't be enough to get his team across the line in the end.

Despite the loss, Taliaferro did more than enough to earn a spot in my Team of the Week.

Sam Masten – Derby Trailblazers, guard


Sam Masten put together a 21 point, 12 assist show this weekend as the elite floor general was an unstoppable force against a strong Loughborough side.

Six of Masten’s free throws came down the stretch as the former Rock Canyon scorer kept his nerve to earn the dub and with it a well-deserved spot on my Team of the Week.

Malcolm Smith - Derby Trailblazers, forward


Malcolm Smith found a way to flirt with a double-double whilst under pressure. Loughborough targeted Smith with tough looks and sent the former NBL MVP to the line 11 times.

The veteran was also a two-way playmaking threat and amassed as many steals as the rest of the Trailblazers combined (4).

Sam Akano - Barking Abbey, guard


Sam Akano led the charge for Barking Abbey in a winning performance that continues their battle to avoid relegation against a side that is on the other side of the dotted line.

The former Solent guard was a key figure with a lights out three point shooting performance which helped space the floor as Barking netted an impressive 44 3P% as a team.

Akano is tough to guard and his speed helped his side set the tempo with 12 points from turnovers and 20 fast break points.

Team basketball 

Barking not down and out yet

If Barking avoid the drop then they will no doubt look at this weekend’s dub versus Worthing as decisive.

The academy side really impressed with efficient shooting across the floor, amassing 53FG%, 44 3P% and 78FT% with every shooter contributing at least six points.

With everyone playing their part it is hard to pick an honourable mention, however Melchi Egbeyemi led the bench with 16 points, making all but one of his five triples.

Bradford storm past hemel

Bradford are one of D1M's form teams currently, which has coincided with the signing of Ronald Blain, but it would be frivolous to say their form is all down to the three time Rebound All Star.

The starting cast really impressed this weekend, with four starters contributing 16 or more points in the high-scoring upset of defending champs Hemel.

An honourable mention goes to Zion Tordoff who dominated the paint regardless of Hakeem Sylla’s absence. Bradford found multiple ways to exploit advantages over an impressive Hemel side who never led by more than two points despite home advantage and their lofty league position.

Honourable mentions 

Samuel Toluwase (CoB) - 24P/11R/6A/29EFF
Logan Rooney (NEW) - 27P/10R/3S/26EFF
Greg Skoric (NOT) - 15P/17R/3A/4S/28EFF
Zion Tordoff (BRA) - 16P/11R/26EFF
Kyron Martin (ESS) - 17P/4R/2A/18EFF



Main image credit - City of Birmingham Rockets