Hawks' Deleon earns ANBL Player of Week
After leading his Wollongong Hawks to a resounding victory in their top-of-the-table clash with the Perth Wildcats on Sunday, Adris '2Hard2Guard' Deleon has been named the Australian NBL Player of the Week for round five.
The Hawks hosted the Wildcats at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong with both teams entering the game with undefeated records, but Deleon's efforts ensured that it was the Hawks who remained perfect.
The American guard scored 26 points as well as adding two rebounds and one steal as the Hawks romped past the 'Cats to a 100-67 victory and improved to 5-0 for the season.
Deleon made 8-of-11 from the field (73%) including 3-of-5 three-pointers, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the freethow stripe.
The Hawks star took out the award ahead of fellow import guards Jamar Wilson of the Cairns Taipans and Cedric 'Action' Jackson of the NZ Breakers.
Wilson had 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists as the Taipans scored a home victory over the Townsville Crocodiles, 92-80, on Friday.
Jackson amassed the impressive stat line of 22 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals as the Breakers improved to 4-1 with a 79-76 in over the Sydney Kings at Auckland's North Shore Events Centre on Friday.
Last round's Player of the Week, Ben Madgen of the Sydney Kings, was also a legitimate candidate for the award once again in round five. Despite his team's 0-2 week, Madgen was still superb. He averaged 25.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of road games, including a 30-point game against the reigning champion Breakers.
Other leading contenders for Player of the Week in round five included Cameron Gliddon (Cairns), Adam Ballinger (Melbourne), Oscar Forman (Wollongong), Matthew Knight (Perth), Luke Schenscher (Adelaide), Alex Pledger (Breakers), Stephen Weigh (Adelaide), Chris Goulding (Melbourne), Gary Ervin (Townsville) and Mika Vukona (Breakers).
ANBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS
Round 1 - Matthew Knight (Perth Wildcats)
Round 2 - Corin Henry (Sydney Kings)
Round 3 - Mika Vukona (NZ Breakers)
Round 4 - Ben Madgen (Sydney Kings)
Round 5 - Adris Deleon (Wollongong Hawks)