Ben Uzoh put up a brilliant performance in his third game since joining Okapi Aalstar, posting 18 points 7 rebounds and 4 assists in a win to seal his Player of the Week Award as he lifted his team to a 95-87 win.
Early in March, Ben Uzoh signed with Belgian team, Crelan Okapi Aalstar after spending last summer and the holiday season improving his fitness level.
The 6’3 point guard is presently averaging 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. Aalstar improved to a 15-14 record on Wednesday after defeating the Kangoeroes (15-13); the team is currently in fifth position in the Euromillions League.
When Basketball Within Borders asked the Olympian and former NBA player if he thinks playing more minutes will help him push his team higher, Uzoh said he is comfortable with any role his coach assigns to him as winning is of more priority than individual minutes.
“I feel very confident in my abilities and I am certain that the coach knows how best I fit into the team’s style of play. Right now we’re trying to win more games and position the team better.”
Uzoh said winning the Player of the Week Award felt good but noted that being able to assist his players in different ways and they helping him felt better.
“Basketball is a team game and there are players with intangibles that you don’t see on stat sheets but are nevertheless very important in the game. Being named Player of the Week in the Euromillions League feels rewarding from the perspective that you’re doing something right but that was only possible through team effort. Those four assists went out to guys that know how to score as well.”
Uzoh says he has his mind on Aalstar’s next game against Brussels (17-10) on April 9 and hopes the team can get a win.