He is firming as the first bench player in league history with a shot at claiming the NBL’s Most Valuable Player award, with Wollongong guard Adris Deleon named Player of the Week after a brilliant display in the Hawks’ 33-point hammering of Perth.
The American guard was unlucky not to claim the round four MVP after taking over the game in the final quarter in the Hawks win over Adelaide, but there was no disputing his eye-popping display against the Wildcats.
The man know as 2Hard2Guard scored 26 points, two rebounds and a steal as the Hawks made it 5-0 with a 100-67 win over the previously undefeated Wildcats.
Deleon made 8-of-11 from the field including 3-of-5 three-pointers, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw stripe.
The Hawks star took the award ahead of fellow import guards Jamar Wilson of Cairns Taipans and Cedric ‘Action’ Jackson of the New Zealand Breakers.
Wilson had 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists as the Taipans beat Townsville Crocodiles, 92-80 in overtime.
Jackson amassed 22 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals as the Breakers improved to 4-1 with a 79-76 home win over the Sydney Kings.
Ben Madgen of the Sydney Kings, also had two big performances in a pair of road games.