Belgian Student/Athletes in the USA (2023-’24): Power Ranking (November 2023)

Ajay Mitchell going to the basket.
  1. Ajay Mitchell – UC Santa Barbara (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 58.8
    • Stats: 2 Games, 18.0 ppg, 84.6% 2Pts, 50.0% 3Pts, 83.3% FTs, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 0.5 spg, 21.5 mpg
    • He’s back! After sitting out the start of the season due to an ankle injury Ajay Mitchell has returned to the line-up for UCSB, doing exactly what we’ve come to expect from him: dominate. In his third season at UCSB Mitchell is looking to build on an already very impressive college career as he looks ahead to a possible bid for the NBA. Obviously he has only played 2 games so far this season, but if those games are any indication then the NBA certainly looks closer than it has ever been. Getting to the basket with ease, dropping mid-range jumpers and floaters like it’s nobody’s business for an astounding 84.6% on his 2Pt attempts, and adding threes as well as he’s shooting 50% (3/6) from long-range so far.
  2. Aubin Gateretse – Stetson (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 39.4
    • Stats: 5 Games, 12.8 ppg, 78.8% 2Pts, 0% 3Pts, 54.5% FTs, 8.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.0 spg, 1.6 bpg, 26.8 mpg
    • In his 3rd season at Stetson Aubin Gateretse has raised some eyebrows with his impressive play. While he hardly received any playing time in the past 2 seasons, Gateretse has now been inserted into the starting line-up and is making the most out of his opportunities, notching 2 Double-Doubles already: 10 pts & 15 rebs in the win against Trinity Baptist and 26 pts, 11 rebs & 4 blks in the win against Milwaukee.
  3. Noel Coleman – Hawaii (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 28.0
    • Stats: 5 Games, 16.4 ppg, 58.3% 2Pts, 38.5% 3Pts, 76.9 FTs, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 31.6 mpg
    • Less surprising is the performance of Noel Coleman who in his 4th year at Hawaii continues to light-up the scoreboard on excellent shooting percentages. Just yesterday Coleman knocked down 26 points on 11/18 FG shooting, helping Hawaii to their 5th consecutive win, keeping the Rainbow Warriors undefeated in the early going of the season.
  4. Sam Hofman – Temple (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 12.8
    • Stats: 5 Games, 6.2 ppg, 28.6% 2Pts, 36.8% 3Pts, 85.7% FTs, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.0 bpg, 28.4 mpg
    • After 2 seasons at Houston Christian, Sam Hofman transferred to Temple this off-season where he continues to impact the game with his hard work and his shooting from long-range. At Temple he has started all 5 of his games, scoring a season-high 11 points in the loss against Ole Miss, while also dishing out 5 assists. His biggest contribution comes on the boards though as he’s 2nd on the team with his 5.6 rpg and also 1st on the team in steals. That’s right, the hustle plays, which have been Hofman’s bread and butter throughout his college career.
  5. Stéphan Dibongue Swenson – Stetson (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 12.5
    • Stats: 5 Games, 8.6 ppg, 45.7% 2Pts, 5.0% 3Pts, 88.9% FTs, 4.6 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 30.2 mpg
    • The Belgian influence is strong at Stetson with Gateretse and Dibongue Swenson both gracing their starting line-up. Gateretse as the man in the middle while Dibongue Swenson takes the floor-general role and doing it with flair, leading the team with his 6.8 apg. Unfortunately for him he seems stuck in a terrible shooting slump, knocking down his threes at an awful 5%. Very uncharacteristically since prior to this season Swenson was shooting his threes at a very solid 36.5%. Hopefully he can find a way to get his shooting back on track.
  6. Tom Mark – Cal State Bakersfield (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 8.6
    • Stats: 6 Games, 3.7 ppg, 50.0% 2Pts, 0% 3Pts, 100% FTs, 3.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.5 bpg, 21.8 mpg
    • In his 4th season in the USA Tom Mark has been gradually moving up the ranks, starting in the NJCAA to now find himself on a NCAA division 1 school. Even though his offense has been pretty much non-existing, Mark has still found plenty of ways to contribute on the court and has been repaid by getting the starting nod in 5 of his 6 games played. He leads his team in steals and blocks and is 2nd in rebounds.
  7. Steven Verplancken – Weber State (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 7.0
    • Stats: 5 Games, 11.2 ppg, 39.1% 2Pts, 23.3% 3Pts, 100% FTs, 2.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.0 bpg, 33.2 mpg
    • The Belgian guard with Dominican roots has returned to Weber State for his senior year and is looking to continue to provide offense for the Wildcats. So far so good as he’s 2nd on the team in scoring. Unfortunately his usual offensive efficiency – especially from long range – is missing a bit so far as he’s only shooting 23% on his threes. Coming from 41.7% last season, that’s a significant drop that I’m sure he will be looking to rectify in the coming games.
  8. Allen Mukeba – Missouri-Kansas City (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: 4.8
    • Stats: 6 Games, 7.8 ppg, 57.6% 2Pts, 0% 3Pts, 50.0% FTs, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.3 spg, 1.0 bpg, 14.8 mpg
    • In his 2nd season (junior year) with the Roos Allen Mukeba has seen quite a dip in his playing-time as he went from 28.6 mpg last season to only 14.8 mpg this season. Despite his limited minutes Mukeba is still 4th on the team in scoring, 3rd in rebounds and 1st in blocks and one thing remains for certain: you do not want to face him above the rim.
  9. Daniel Bula – Western Nebraska (USA – NJCAA):
    • Rating: 4.1
    • Stats: 9 Games, 11.6 ppg, 50.0% 2Pts, 50.0% 3Pts, 83.3% FTs, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 19.2 mpg
    • In his second season at Western Nebraska Daniel Bula has continued to build on an already solid freshman year and despite getting slightly less playing-time his overall numbers have increased. Starting in 8 out of his 9 games Bula is currently 3rd on the team in scoring, 3rd in rebounds and 1st in assists and I expect he will be getting some NCAA attention to finish out his college career.
  10. Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk – South Carolina (USA – NCAA):
    • Rating: -5.9
    • Stats: 5 Games, 2.2 ppg, 62.5% 2Pts, 50.0% FTs, 4.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg, 0.0 bpg, 11.6 mpg
    • The big man from Lommel has returned for his 2nd year at South Carolina and continues to be a dominant force in the paint. Defensively that is. Offense has never been his forte and things haven’t changed yet on that end in his senior year. Limited or not, Bosmans-Verdonk knows exactly what he’s capable of and thus focuses his energy on crashing the boards and playing defense: despite his limited minutes he’s still 3rd on the team in rebounds. And let’s not forget to mention his off-the-court accomplishments as Bosmans-Verdonk already owns a degree in psychology from Illinois and is currently working on his law degree at South Carolina. How many ballers do you know who can say that?
Allen Mukeba playing above the rim.

11) Romain Bruwier – Huntington (USA – NAIA): -8.1 / 12) Hugo Mattioli – Panola (USA – NJCAA): -10.4 / 13) Manu Musemena – Missouri S&T (USA – NCAA2): -16.7 / 14) Samuel Swolfs – United International (USA – USCAA): -19.6 / 15) Max Postiglioni – Northwest (USA – NJCAA): -26.8 / 16) Marlo McSwain – Simmons (USA – NCCAA): -28.1 /

No Rating Yet: Alan Dibongue Swenson – Notre Dame Falcons (USA – NCAA2) / Tom Di Maria – Santa Fe (USA – NJCAA) / Nathan Missia-Dio – Overtime Elite (USA – HS) / Matthew Hodge – St. Rose HS (USA – HS) / Logan Mukeba – Chadron State (USA – NCAA2) / Jayden Hodge – St. Rose HS (USA – HS) / Jarne Elouna Eyenga – JSerra Catholic HS (USA – HS) / Arthur Minder – Florida Coastal Prep (USA – Prep) /

  • The Ratings are calculated based on their stats and the level of competition they compete in, as well as the amount of wins and losses they have.

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