Rebound Team of the Week (February 3/4 2024)

As the post-season draws nearer, performances levels keep increasing across D1M.

That makes the decision making process for Rebound's Chris Hughes a tough one as he once again picks his Player and Team of the Week.

The Rebound All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, had seven games to sift through as he made his latest batch of selections.

Have your say on this week's choices and give a shout-out to the players you think deserve one using the hashtag #NBL2324 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.

The Rebound Team of the Week


Justin Hopkins - Newcastle University, guard


Justin Hopkins is my Rebound NBL Player Of The Week following an impressive last-gasp personal 5-0 run, including a completed and-one, to snatch a one point dub off Loughborough.

Hopkins was a man on a mission and pulled out an impressive 34-point performance whilst showcasing highlight plays and drawing lots of contact in the paint for additional chances at the line.

Sam Newman - Hemel Storm, guard


Newman was just two assists short of tying Worthing’s team total in the 20-point statement win on Saturday.

The assist king posted six dimes in the second quarter alone as Hemel won the frame 30-17, ensure they'd head into the break with a 23-point lead from which Worthing would never recover.

Newman played the unselfish game by teeing up the Storm shooters in the big win, despite going 5/5 from the floor himself, including 2/2 from long range.

Theo Riley – Newcastle University, wing


Riley posted a big performance as the Newcastle wing was just one board shy of a triple-double.

Riley’s passing was on point as part of an efficient two-way playmaking performance of 10 assists and one steal, whilst only giving the rock away once across 32:41 of action.

The Newcastle man was one of the key cogs in a fourth quarter 13-3 run that tipped the game as Newcastle exploited fast break opportunities.

Bode Adeluola - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Bode Adeluola was on fire this weekend as the seasoned veteran only had breathers at time-outs as Coach Banks utilised every second of the game clock to keep Bode on the floor.

It's easy to see why as Adeluola shot the ball very efficiently(8/14 FG), showcasing his full range of shooting whilst contributing at both ends with six dimes and two steals.

Justin Hedley - Loughborough Riders, guard


Justin Hedley put in this weekend’s most efficient performance but unfortunately it wasn't enough to prevent the Riders from falling to a 99-98 loss in Newcastle.

In a pivotal fourth quarter, Hedley was the only Rider to post more than one assist, and if Hedley had made the final play and splashed his triple on the buzzer, we may well have been discussing the performance of the weekend.

Team basketball 

Hemel grab statement win

Veron Eze came back to haunt his old club Worthing by contributing 20 points off the bench as Hemel had there shooting boots on this weekend.

Posting an incredible 64% field goal percentage, it was a team performance with everyone contributing to the efficient scoring and all-round play.

Only two players failed to register two or more assists and boards, and a remarkable seven players shot 50% or higher.

Honourable mentions 

Veron Eze (HEM) - 20P/5R/2A/24EFF

Igor Stokic (TVC) - 13P/8R/8A/24EFF

Corey Johnson (DTB) - 17P/7R/7A/23EFF

Patrick Lanipekun (LON) - 21P/9R/2B/27EFF

Rihards Sulcs (BRA) - 14P/9R/3A/21EFF



Main image credit - Kay Lu