Rebound Team of the Week (March 2/3 2024)

With D1M players across the country serving up top performances week after week, Chris Hughes' job is becoming a tough one.

Rebound's Hughes, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, was once again tasked with picking his Player and Team of the Week from the six games on offer, making the tough calls from a shortlist of strong candidates.

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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


Jackman makes it a copy and paste job as the Commonwealth gold medallist records back-to-back Rebound Player Of The Week honours following another monster double-double performance.

Once again shooting in an efficient fashion (9/16, 56%) whilst influencing the game elsewhere, Jackman was a key driver in the Rockets' shock win of the weekend against title-chasing #2 seeds Essex.

He really turned it on in a fruitful 31-15 third quarter by netting 10 of Birmingham’s points as well as providing the assist for a valuable triple from Martyn Gayle.

Hakeem Sylla - Hemel Storm, forward


Sylla showed Hemel and the rest of D1M what they were missing whilst he was away with Guinea on international duties. The forward put on a in-the-paint shooting masterclass, draining 26 points on 13/14 from inside the arc (92%).

It was a superb two-way performance coupled with three defensive boards and five stops that helped Hemel put together a statement 94-65 win against Thames Valley.

Elijah Maynard – Reading Rockets, forward

10pts/8reb/2ast/12eff vs LON
28pts/7reb/3stl/33eff vs TVC

Maynard shot himself into my Team Of The Week with an efficient, high-volume long-range shooting performance (8/12, 66%) in Sunday’s 104-63 victory against TVC.

Saturday’s performance may not had been as efficient nor as impressive on the eye, however it was still a solid effort which aided a strong rebounding presence as Maynard and Reading outperformed London Elite on the glass at both ends.

Charlie Brown - Derby Trailblazers, guard


Brown is the definition of a pass-first guard as the Derby 'assist king' was one rebound short of a more unusual double-double in front of the NBL Live cameras.

He made great use having the ball in his hands a lot with an impressive 15 dimes, playing smart basketball to concede just one turnover whilst recording a couple of steals as he was at the heart of the action in DTB's 92-71 win over Barking.

Sam Akano - Barking Abbey, guard


Akano led the charge for Barking Abbey in a tough road trip assignment against league leaders Derby with an 18-point 10-assist double-double performance.

In a pivotal period down the stretch in the third quarter, Akano was a key reason why Abbey went on an 8-3 run to cut their deficit to five points.

The former Solent guard showcased his range of talents, pick-pocketing the Trailblazers in possession and displaying high-level passing and shooting at the other end.

Team basketball 

NEwcastle cool off red hot dragons

In a high-stakes game for playoff advantage, Newcastle found the edge with a two-pronged approach that carried with it more than a little risk.

The University side put on a show in more ways than one with off court entertainment to accompany a very impressive high-volume 44% shooting effort from downtown.

An honourable mention goes to Josh Moore for netting five from eight triples and Sauveur Kande for leading a strong second rotation off the bench whilst adding a couple of threes to the cause.

Newcastle also took care of business when forced to the line, making a very respectable 82% of their freebies.

Honourable mentions 

Josh Moore (NEW) - 25P/3R/3A/25EFF
Justin Hopkins (NEW) - 18P/6R/7A/2S/25EFF
Sam Newman (HEM) - 11P/10A/2S/16EFF
Ronald Blain (BRA) - 24P/11R/2S/2B/25EFF
Martyn Gayle (COB) - 20P/1R/3A/1S/18EFF



Main image credit - CharlieFitz_1