Frank Elegar

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Frank Elegar
Bornova Belediye Elegar-Shipp (Cropped).JPG
Elegar playing for Bornova Belediye
No. 15 – Lokomotiv Kuban
Position Center / Power forward
League VTB United League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1986-12-03) December 3, 1986 (age 31)
New York City, New York
Nationality U.S. Virgin Islands American / Guyanese
Listed height 208 cm (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 109 kg (240 lb)
Career information
High school St. Raymond
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Drexel (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Eisbären Bremerhaven
2009–2010 Bornova Belediye
2010–2011 JA Vichy
2011–2012 Maroussi
2012 Antalya BB
2012–2013 Kalev/Cramo
2013 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2013–2015 Kalev/Cramo
2015 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
2015–2016 TED Ankara Kolejliler
2016–2017 Enisey
2017–present Lokomotiv Kuban
Career highlights and awards

Frank Roderick Elegar (born December 3, 1986) is a U.S. Virgin Islands American-Guyanese[1] professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League. He can play as either a center or a power forward.

College career[edit]

After playing for St. Raymond High School for Boys in hometown Bronx, New York, he committed to Drexel University for 2004 over interest from other Division I (NCAA) colleges Hofstra, Marist and Canisius.[2]

Rarely playing in his freshman season, he had the biggest offensive improvement of the whole conference the next, starting the majority of games and regularly scoring in double figures whilst ranking amongst the conference's best at blocking and rebounding. He then led the Dragons in scoring and rebounding for his junior season, making the All-Colonial Athletic Association's second team and the CAA All-Tournament Team. In his final season for Drexel he led them in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage, was selected for All-CAA second team again and also the CAA All-Defensive Team.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Having played 2008 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and the Orlando pre-draft camp, impressing at the first one, he declared for the 2008 NBA draft following his graduation, however he went undrafted.[5][6]

Participating in the NBA Summer League with the Washington Wizards without earning a contract, he decided to move to Germany to start his professional career, signing a contract with Basketball Bundesliga side Eisbären Bremerhaven in August 2008.[7] After posting unremarkable[clarification needed] numbers for a team that finished dead last in the league he moved on to İzmir to play for newly promoted side Bornova Belediye in the Turkish League.

His second professional season was more successful than his first; on a personal level he was a starter and was in the league top 10 in rebounds [8] and blocks whilst on a collective front his team made the playoffs losing to eventual champion Fenerbahçe.

Elegar moved on to LNB Pro A side JA Vichy in France signing for the 2010-11 season.[9] He had solid stats for the team, finishing 11th in the league rankings for both rebounds and blocks, however Vichy struggled all season and finished in the relegation spot at the bottom of the league.

This prompted another August move, this time to Argentina where he joined Ciclista Olímpico of the Liga Nacional de Básquet;[10] however, he was released without playing a game a few days later when the team management said he was too thin to play for the side.[11]

His agent brought him to Maroussi of the Greek Basket League in November the same year; he was the only import player of a team banned from recruiting internationally after not paying former players, only being able to sign after the suspension was temporarily lifted for a day. Although he posted solid stats[clarification needed] in one of Europe's best leagues it was to be a hectic time for Elegar, as the team lost every single one of their games and was in dire financial straits; after the team ran out of money to pay its players he left Maroussi in February.[12] Returning to the Turkish league, he finished the season with mid-table side Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi where he had decent figures.[clarification needed]

Kalev/Cramo[edit]

Continuing his European tour he moved to Estonia over the summer, signing with BC Kalev/Cramo that was to play the 2012–13 season in three leagues, the multinational VTB United League and Baltic Basketball League and the local Korvpalli Meistriliiga.[13] There he had a positive season, playing regularly in the VTB United League, one of the best in Europe, where he had good stats despite his team finishing last of their group, he did even better in the BBL where he was in the top five for rebounding and efficiency as Kalev finished third after losing to eventual champion BK Ventspils in the playoffs. The reigning champion's easy title in the weaker Estonian league after sweeping the playoffs gave Elegar his first career club silverware, along with a place in the All-KML team.

In May 2013 Elegar moved to Puerto Rico to join the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional as a replacement for the injured Leon Williams. After playing seven games he was himself replaced by Will McDonald in June the same year and released from the club.[14]

Following this parenthesis, he rejoined Kalev in September 2014 and proceeded to have one of his best seasons, taking over the starting center position from star defender Bamba Fall he was the best rebounder of the VTB United League despite his team only winning twice, whilst he was instrumental in another Estonian league title, finishing second in the rebounding charts (1st in total rebounds) and again in the All-KML team. In the same season he had his first taste of European competition in the second tier EuroCup where he was a good but unspectacular performer in an unsuccessful campaign, the Estonians finishing 5th in their group of 6 teams.

The next summer he put an end to his journeyman ways, signing a one extension to his contract, which proved to be shrewd business for Kalev as Elegar had an exceptional[clarification needed] season, forming a deadly pick and roll partnership with newly arrived playmaker Scott Machado whose assists helped him reach double digit scoring figures for the second season in a row in the VTB United League and also in the BBL. Expected to bear the brunt of rebounding for the team following Fall's departure he surpassed expectations as he was the top rebounder not only of his team but of the whole league for 2014–2015, his 203 rebounds in only 18 games the all-time best for the league. A series of impressive performances, including 26 points with 100% FG accuracy and 10 rebounds in a large win over top team Nizhny Novgorod,[15] helped Kalev, who had finished last in every previous season, reach 8 wins and enter into playoff contention for the first time.

European moves[edit]

Elegar's level of play soon caught the attention of powerhouses around Europe and in February 2015 he signed for Italian team EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, Nizhny Novgorod's opponents in the Top 16 of Europe's premier competition, the EuroLeague,[16] he left as the most efficient player of the United League and more importantly as one of Kalev's historical players.

In July 2015, Elegar signed with Turkish Super League side TED Ankara Kolejliler.[17]

On July 20, 2016, Elegar signed with the Russian team BC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk.[18]

On July 3, 2017, Elegar signed a two-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban.[19]

International career[edit]

[20] In 2006, at age 19 he was called up for the U.S. Virgin Islands national basketball team for the Caribbean Basketball Championship where a second-place finish gave them a place in the 2006 Centrobasket. There he contributed to a silver medal for the underdogs, beating established teams such as the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico before losing in the final to Panama. This earned the Virgin Islanders a place in the 2007 Pan American Games where, after two close defeats including a rematch against Puerto Rico, they won against the higher ranked Canada.

The pinnacle of Elegar's international career was his participation in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, the continent's best tournament where he played against birth nation United States that had in their squad a plethora of NBA Champions and All-Stars including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd, the game was a blowout as the U.S. Virgin Islands lost 59–123 with Elegar scoring a solitary point in 20 minutes. The next games were three close defeats against Canada, Brazil and Venezuela although Elegar lost his place as a starter.

After 2010 Centrobasket where the team could not reiterate past exploits, losing to neighbouring British Virgin Islands, he has not played for his national team, as of July 2015.

Player profile[edit]

An aggressive center, he is a very active player and battles hard for every rebound thanks to his good athleticism. Smooth around the rim offensively he can score close to the basket, especially with a powerful dunk, or draw a foul.[3] His main weakness is his shooting, which is limited further away from the rim, also for a player who draws a lot of fouls his free throw accuracy is poor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franl Elegar basketball profile Nationality: U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese
  2. ^ Goodman, Jeff. "PF Frank Elegar: St. Ray's Big Man Makes Decision", Scout.com, 15 October 2003. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Prospect Profile - Frank Elegar.", NBA. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Frank Elegar - 2007 Men's Basketball.", Drexel Athletics. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ Tatum, Kevin. "Players' hopes don't end with draft Three local players will travel to Cleveland with the chance to make an NBA summer-league team.", Philly.com, 28 June 2008. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.
  6. ^ Frank Elegar at draftexpress.com
  7. ^ "Elegar Signs to Play Professional Basketball in Germany.", Drexel Athletics, 18 August 2008. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Elegar, Frank.", TBLStat.net. Retrieved on 22 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Press release: JAV has their center!.", LNB Pro A, 16 August 2010. Retrieved on 21 March 2015.(in French)
  10. ^ "Frank Elegar will bring explosiveness to the team.", El Liberal, 31 August 2011. Retrieved on 22 March 2015.(in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Oberto is very close to join the champion Atenas.", Diario Época (Corrientes, Argentina), 6 September 2011. Retrieved on 22 March 2015.(in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Greek basketball league crumbling amid country's financial crisis.", Sports Illustrated, 12 April 2012. Retrieved on 22 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Aivar Kuusmaa : We will give all the 110 percent.", VTB United League, 12 September 2012. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.
  14. ^ Álzaga, Raúl."Cangrejeros de Santurce with a new recruit.", Primera Hora, 14 June 2013. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.(in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Star Performance. Frank Elegar vs. Nizhny Novgorod.", VTB United League, 2 February 2015. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.
  16. ^ "EA7 Milan adds athletic big man Elegar.", Euroleague, 25 February 2015. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Frank Elegar, Rönesans TED Ankara Kolejliler'de" [Frank Elegar, new at TED Ankara Kolejliler]. Turkish Basketball League (in Turkish). 14 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Frank Elegar moves to Enisey Krasnoyarsk". 20 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Lokomotiv adds rebounding ace Elegar". Eurocupbasketball.com. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Frank Roderick Elegar", FIBA. Retrieved on 24 March 2015.

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