Rebound Team of the Week (March 9/10 2024)

The action never stops in D1M, with another weekend of high-octane action now in the books.

Rebound's Chris Hughes, the All-Star organiser, content producer, YouTube host and producer, commentator and social media observer, had one of the games of the season between Hemel and Derby to enjoy, plus six other contests, when picking his Player and Team of the Week options.

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


Taylor Johnson - Hemel Storm, guard

36pts/8reb/3ast/4stl/40eff vs DTB

Johnson earns this week’s Rebound NBL Player of the Week award - a big-time player providing big-time moments. The Hemel man was amongst those to answer the call with his team behind by nine points down the stretch against Derby, before Storm grabbed a one-point win. 

Then former BBL guard raided Reading, inspiring a pivotal 30-17 second quarter as he handed out dimes to teammates as they racked up a 12-point first-half lead. 

Johnson’s contributions will be seen as pivotal if they spur his team on to back-to-back titles. 

Darien Nelson-Henry - Hemel Storm, forward

12pts/8reb/3ast/2stl/20eff vs DTB

Nelson-Henry showcased his BBL pedigree in a tough double-header weekend by providing efficient shooting throughout with his size and skill proving a hazard for the defences of both Reading and Derby. 

In Sunday’s clash with the Rockets the former Leicester Riders centre performed his role in a Hakeem Sylla-free team with style, dominating the paint while leading all scorers, shining in the low-post and creating space for the likes of Brayden Inger and Johnson to capitalise from beyond the arc. 

Zion Tordoff – Bradford Dragons, forward


Tordoff compiled an efficient double-double against Worthing as well as downing the winning free throws to contribute four points down the stretch to secure the five-point win. 

He was a major threat under the hoop with five offensive boards, which contributed to Bradford not only outrebounding the opposition but outscoring the Thunder by 10-5 via second-chance points. 

Victor Olarerin - Essex Rebels, guard


Olarerin made light work of a depleted Nottingham Hoods. The flashy guard was an offensive threat with high-volume shooting alongside passing the ball to share the spoils.  

Defensively Olarerin led all players with two steals, whilst contributing to Essex’s brand of fast-paced well-drilled transition basketball which kept the title challengers to just 11 turnovers in the 15-point win. 

Igor Stokic - Thames Valley Cavaliers, guard


Stokic put in a monster 18/15 double-double as one of the shocks of the weakened that has fired some life into the Cavaliers’ late Playoff run with a win over Newcastle. 

He kept his cool by netting the freebies that helped ice a seven-point Cavs win.  

Team basketball 

STORM warning 

Storms’ title defence has plenty of life left in it yet in the three-horse race with Derby and Essex. Hemel had a very tricky double-header against Derby and Reading but their performance across the weekend ensured they will take their title fight right down to the wire. 

Honourable mention to Sam Newman, who, unsurprisingly, led all players in assists with a 11 across the weekend, and Veron Eze for getting the all-important winner in Saturday’s clash. 

Honourable mentions 

SAM NEWMAN (HEM) - 11PTS/2REB/12AST/3STL/1BLK/22EFF vs Derby & 7PTS/5REB/10AST/1STL/13EFF vs Reading 







Main image credit - Matt Cook