UBA Pro Basketball League Season 4 All-Star Selection Revealed

By Siddarth Sharma, UBA Columnist

1st March, 2017: Regular season action in professional sports is traditionally seen as a precursor to the playoffs where the stakes are higher and the action is generally more dynamic. With the way the UBA Pro Basketball League Season 4 has played out, it is equal parts tantalizing and befuddling to envision how the playoffs could raise the game higher than it has already been elevated over the last few days. 

The old adage about competition bringing out the best in us has been evident as the superstars in the UBA have engaged in frantic duels which have pushed them to greater heights. These All-Stars will be facing off against each other on 16th March in Goa as the North Division All-Stars take on the South Division All-Stars in a contest which may provide a show unlike any which has been witnessed in Indian basketball. Here’s a look at the All-Stars whose play stood out above the rest in the UBA Season 4, earning them a spot on the All-Star team: 

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Alex Scales (Mumbai Challengers)

The former NBA player showed exactly why he had made it to the top professional league in the world with his ruthlessly efficient play as he finished as the 2nd leading scorer in the season. When he made up his mind to get to the rim, there was little anyone could do. And he barely required a sliver of daylight to elevate from downtown as well. He had his best game against a narrow 106-103 win against Haryana with 40 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.

4x Player of the game

By the numbers:
40.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4 assists in 38.5 minutes per game while shooting 57% from the field and 81% from the line.

Jimmy Scroggins (Mumbai Challengers)

Jimmy Scroggins had one of the most productive showings in UBA Season 4, as being someone equally capable of taking over a game and locking his man down, he provided the Mumbai Challengers with a consistent presence to count on on both ends of the floor. He had his best game against Punjab Steelers in a 125-123 loss as he put up 33 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

By the numbers:
Averaged 24.2 points, 6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in minutes per game while shooting 56 % from the field and 66 % from the line.

Jagdeep Bains (Mumbai Challengers)

One of the most respected names in Indian basketball, Jagdeep exudes an intense aura which puts the opponents on notice and gives a sense of calm to his teammates. An adroit scorer with a wide arsenal of moves, he shot an incredibly high percentage from the field. Notably, he also hit a spinning game winner in overtime against Haryana Gold to help Mumbai Challengers eke out a 106-103 win. He also averaged 1 block per game.

2x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 27.7 minutes per game while shooting 63 % from the field and 80 % from the line.

Inderbir Gill (Mumbai Challengers)

Inderbir proved himself to be one of the most creative playmakers in the UBA Season 4. Being built like a tank, he was more than capable of finishing inside and lighting it up from downtown. But he displayed a generous willingness to get his teammates involved and threaded the needle with his precise passes. He had a 27 point game with 4 rebounds and 3 assists against Punjab in a 125-123 loss and a 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists game against Punjab again in a 102-94 win.

1x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 28.8 minutes per game while shooting 55% from the field and 86 % from the line.

Nikhil (Mumbai Challengers)
One of the players who benefited from training at the UBA Pro Performance Training Camp in Phoenix, Nikhil performed his role admirably on a team with multiple stars. He scored over 20 points twice and had more than 5 rebounds in five matches. He scored in double figures in every match in which he played more than 15 minutes and gave his team a consistent presence on the floor.

2x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 19 minutes per game while shooting 54% from the field and 68% from the line.

Ronald March (Delhi Capitals)

Scoring 60 points puts you in an elite category, and it's all the more impressive when you almost put up a triple-double to compliment it. Aptly nicknamed Bucket Man Ron, Ronald March had the game of his life against the Mumbai Challengers as he exploded for 62 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. March also led the league in Blocks per game, averaging 3 per contest.

4x Player of the game

By the numbers:
39.8 points, 8 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 38.46 minutes per game while shooting 51% from the field and 75% from the line.

Amjyot Singh (Delhi Capitals)

One of Indias most potent offensive threats, Amjyot showed why he belongs with the best of the best as he formed a formidable one-two punch with Ronald March for Delhi Capitals. A lanky 69 forward, Amjyot used his size and strength to pound the ball inside while keeping the defence honest with his unerring jump shot.

1x Player of the game

By the numbers:
21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 30.9 minutes per game while shooting 59% from the field and 84% from the line.

Vinay Kaushik (Delhi Capitals)

The UBA Season 2 MVP did an excellent job of adjusting to his new role to accommodate the influx of talent on his team. Vinay had shown that he could put up points in a hurry, but his play was especially remarkable for getting his teammates involved and picking his spots when the opportunity presented itself. Notably, he had 17 points and 10 assists to help Delhi defeat Punjab 99-96 and took on the challenge of scoring against Haryana as he put up 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists to lead Delhi to a 107-99 win.

2x Player of the game

By the numbers:
11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists in 29.5 minutes per game while shooting 43% from the field and 70% from the line.

Muin Bek (Delhi Capitals)

A local talent who had helped Tamil Nadu win the silver medal at the nationals in 2017, Bek got the opportunity to showcase his talent in front of his friends and he made the best of it. Playing on a team with established names, Bek did the little things which may not show up in the box score but helped his team nonetheless. He had benefited from his stint at the IMG Academy in Florida as he was part of a five-player contingent sent by the Jeppiaar Institute of Technology for a week-long training camp, and the benefits from the camp were clear to see in the UBA Season 4.

By the numbers:
8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists in 19.62 minutes per game while shooting 62 % from the field and 71% from the line.

Anil (Delhi Capitals)
The Kobe Bryant fan brought with him the experience of playing in the senior nationals and his contributions were critical for Delhi as they managed to win 4 of their six games. His play earned him the player of the game honors and he has established a name for himself as someone the defence need to make a plan for.

1x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 17.1 minutes per game while shooting 56% from the field and 56% from the line.

Dermaine Crockrell (Punjab Steelers)

The leading scorer for the season, Dermaine Crockrell put on a show every time he was on the floor, and he was off it for less than one minute on average. He also put up a performance for the ages as he mounted a brave charge to help Punjab overcome a 15 point deficit and defeat the Mumbai Challengers 125-123 behind his 51 point effort. He spent the entire game throwing his body towards the rim and either finishing or getting to the line. In the final minutes, he hit the go-ahead jumper to give Punjab the lead and stole the ball from the following possession from Alex Scales as the clock ran out. He filled the entire season with memorable plays and quickly became a crowd favourite.

2x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
41.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists in 39.2 minutes per game while shooting 52% from the field and 89% from the line.

Garry Gill (Punjab Steelers)

Garry Gill has some serious hops and he unleashed his full fury in UBA Season 4 with numerous high-powered slam dunks. He didn't shy away from any challenge and displayed aggressive post moves on offense and held down the fort on defence. He had his best game against Haryana Gold as he put up 24 points, 14 rebounds 1 steal and 1 block to help Punjab win 106-92.

By the numbers:
14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1 block in 28.47 minutes per game while shooting 58% from the field and 57% from the line.

DeSean Mattox (Haryana Gold)

DeSean Mattox averaged the most minutes of any player as he played 40.28 minutes on average. He displayed blinding quickness and a gunslinger's mentality which would have resulted in a low efficiency if it wasn't for his tendency to get to the free throw line over 10 times per contest. His best game came against Mumbai in a 123-110 loss as he put up 39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

By the numbers:
30.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists in 40.3 minutes per game while shooting 44% from the field and 78% from the line.

Yadwinder Singh (Haryana Gold)

One of Indian basketball's most experienced veteran national stars had an inspired UBA debut season as he displayed his trademark energetic defence while scoring in a number of ways. Yadu, as he's affectionately known, showed he's capable of connecting from downtown and banging down low in the post. Most of all, he impressed with his impeccable footwork on both ends. Notably, he had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a 107-99 loss against Delhi.

By the numbers:
8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting 43% from the field and 74% from the line.

Eban Hyams (Haryana Gold)

The 35-year-old Hyams played like a man 10 years younger as he played tenacious defence by averaging 2.16 steals per game. He also turned back the clock for a poster dunk against Mumbai. He had his best game in a 123-110 loss against Mumbai as he put up 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. In their lone win of the season against Punjab, he helped his team close the game out as he began posting up in crunch time to lead his team to a win.

By the numbers:
11 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists in 32.6 minutes per game while shooting 41% from the field and 47% from the line.

South Division

Pierre Newton (Pune Peshwas)

Pierre Newton had one of the best all-round regular season campaigns in the UBA Season 4, being just 4 assists and half a rebound away from averaging a triple double. Along with giving the opponents fits, he gave the floor wiping crew a lot to handle as well as his relentless play resulted in him perspiring like a sprinkler. He also attempted 9.17 free throws per game, thereby pressuring the defence in foul trouble and increasing his true shooting percentage. He had his best game in the match with the highest stakes, the final match of the regular season against Hyderabad Sky. In the absence of teammate Amritpal Singh and coach Ram Kumar, Newton took it upon himself to ensure that Pune would book their tickets to Goa with a gritty 41 point, 8 rebounds and 7 assists performance en route to a 106-102 win.

4x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
27.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6 assists in 38.2 minutes per game while shooting 47 % from the field and 84 % from the line.

Amritpal Singh (Pune Peshwas)

Amritpal Singh established himself as one of the most, if not the most, dominant inside presences in the UBA Season 4 with his command of the paint on both ends. The area near the basket was his to command and hardly anything happened close to the rim on defence without his approval as he deterred drives, altered and swatted shots, and gave a clinical demonstration of the principle of verticality. His offensive repertoire was a revelation as he worked the ball inside with gusto and knocked down buzzer beating three pointers when the situation demanded. He had his best performance against the Bengaluru Beast in a 93-91 loss as he put up 33 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes before fouling out.

3x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
25.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists, 2.2 blocks in 37.9 minutes per game while shooting 62% from the field and 71% from the line.

Narender Grewal (Pune Peshwas)

The One-handed shooting marvel from the Air Force was coming off a UBA Season 3 MVP season and consecutive scoring titles. With the additions of stars like Amritpal Singh and Pierre Newton, Narender adjusted his game on the fly and flew across the court to score with efficiency on reduced touches. His 92% mark from the free throw line led all players who averaged at least 1 free throw attempt per game. He had his best performance in the final game of the regular season as he put up a clutch 29 points along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to help lead Pune Peshwas to a hard-fought 106-102 win over Hyderabad Sky.

1x Player of the Game
By the numbers:
17.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes per game while shooting 52% from the field and 92% from the line.

Siddhant Shinde (Pune Peshwas)

The 511 guard played larger than his size as his quickness and tenacity harried the backcourt of the opponents to no end. On offense, he played an unselfish game as he moved the ball with vigour and found teammates in good positions with consistency. His game showed the benefits gained from attending the UBA Pro Performance Training camp in Phoenix as he exhibited an elevated speed and game sense. He had his best performance against the Hyderabad Sky in the final game of the regular season as well as he put up 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

By the numbers:
9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game while shooting 40 % from the field and 50 % from the line.

Agu (Chennai Slam)

One of the fastest and most fearless players in the UBA, Chennai's dynamic point guard put the league on notice as he broke the then UBA scoring record by dropping 50 points and 6 assists on the opening day of UBA Season 4 for his best performance of the season. He's a fan favourite for good reason as he sacrifices his body time and time again by rushing into the paint hungry for contact, regardless of being knocked down. He almost averaged a triple double for the season as he seamlessly transitioned between the role of a scorer and facilitator depending on what the situation demanded.

2x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
19.3 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists in 36.9 minutes per game while shooting 53% from the field and 64% from the line.

Jairam Jat (Chennai Slam)

The wily veteran Jairam displayed a catapult-like jumper from downtown as he provided Chennai with heady leadership and consistent production. He got to the rim with the quickness of a man half his age and his game showed increments from attending the UBA Pro Performance Training Camp in Phoenix. He had his best game against Bengaluru Beast in a 100-86 loss as he put up 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

1x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.5 minutes per game while shooting 39 % from the field and 82 % from the line.

Rikin Pethani (Chennai Slam)

The big man from Indian national team had expressed a desire to play in the UBA back in Season 2, and he made sure that his debut lived up to the expectations as he helped anchor a shorthanded Chennai Squad with his versatility and size. He exercised dominance on the glass on both ends as he led the league in offensive rebounds with 5.7 and tied for second in total rebounds with 10.2. He had his best performance in an 83-79 loss against Hyderabad Sky as he put up 27 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

1x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
14.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 28.1 minutes per game while shooting 54% from the field and 91 % from the line.

Ram Kumar (Chennai Slam)

Chennai's sharpshooter Ram Kumar displayed a lethal stroke and a ravenous appetite for buckets as he helped Chennai's motion offense run with efficiency by keeping the defence honest with his steady scoring. His best performance came in the 83-79 loss against Hyderabad Sky as he put up 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

By the numbers:
11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game while shooting 44 % from the field and shooting perfect from the line.

Tevin Kelly (Hyderabad Sky)

Before his first game in UBA Season 4, Tevin Kelly had stated his desire to put on a show for the crowd and his expectation of feeding off of their energy by showing them that he's an approachable and hard-working 511 basketball player with whom they can relate. The adoration he received may have surpassed his wildest expectations as the crowd loved him for taking time for them and for his explosive play. He ended the regular season as the darling of Chennai as he helped power the Hyderabad Sky. His best performance came against Bengaluru Beast in an 113-103 win as he put up 51 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the then UBA scoring record.

3x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
37.7 points (4th), 7 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 34.9 minutes per game while shooting 54 % from the field and 67 % from the line.

Mak Boskailo (Hyderabad Sky)

The big man who is originally from Bosnia formed a formidable inside-outside combo with the guards on his team as he gave the crowd plenty of rim crushing dunks to cherish and the defenders some sleepless nights. As one of the most athletic big men playing in the UBA Season 4, Mak dedicated himself to the intangibles as he put up screens, boxed out and did whatever the team asked of him. His best performance came in the 113-105 win against Bengaluru as he put up 31 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block.

By the numbers:
16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds (tied for 2nd), 1.7 assists and 1 block in 36.47 minutes per game while shooting 53 % from the field and 42 % from the line.

Mahesh Padmanabhan (Hyderabad Sky)

Mahesh Padmanabhan is another player who has reaped the benefits of attending the UBA Pro Performance Training Camp in Phoenix. He brought with him a cerebral on-court presence which saw him utilize seemingly choreographed moves to tie the defence in knots. He had some memorable shooting nights as in one game he shot 7-9 from three-point range for 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists against Chennai Slam for a 93-84 win.

By the numbers:
18.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 36.4 minutes per game while shooting 45 % from the field and 86 % from the line.

Manu Thomas (Hyderabad Sky)

The big man presented a Slenderman-like conundrum for the opponents as his long frame combined with a formidable wingspan gave them fits on both ends. Another player whose game was polished at the UBA Pro Performance Training Camp in Phoenix, Manu exhibited a reliable jumper which helped him create space to power inside for powerful finishes. He did an excellent job of protecting the rim as well as he finished 3rd in the UBA Season 4 for blocks per game with 2.17. He had his best performance against the Bengaluru Beast in a 104-94 loss as he put up 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.

By the numbers:
4.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 0.2 assists in 24.1 minutes per game while shooting 50 % from the field and 33 % from the line.

Chris Solomon (Bengaluru Beast)

If the Bengaluru Beast were playing on any particular day, you could count on Chris Solomon working out a sweat on the court before anyone else even changed into their gear. The sharpshooting Solomon established himself as one of the premier offensive threats in the UBA Season 4 when he went off for 48 points against the Hyderabad Sky in an 113-103 loss. He made 9 three-pointers in that contest and added 4 rebounds and 2 steals to the mix.

3x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
28 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 34.76 minutes per game while shooting 49 % from the field and 69 % from the line.

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Bengaluru Beast)

Having captained India, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi displayed an uncanny ability to seemingly coast right to the rim for difficult finishes which he made look easy. He shot 61% from the field owing to his clinical finishes up close. He had one of the most dominant UBA debuts as he put up 43 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists against the Chennai Slam in a 122-118 win. He also posted the very first triple-double of the UBA with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists against the Pune Peshwas for a 93-91 win.

3x Player of the Game

By the numbers:
28.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 10 assists (2nd) in 36.87 minutes per game while shooting 61 % from the field and 68 % from the line.

Palpreet Brar (Bengaluru Beast)

Palpreet Brar was the only Indian to be drafted in the NBA D-League when the Long Island Nets picked him in the D-League draft, and he showed exactly why as he came into his own as the season progressed. He showed flashes of brilliance by scoring in numerous ways and protecting the rim with a fierce possessiveness. He had his best game when it counted the most as he put up a game-best 34 points along with 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks to help defeat Chennai Slam 100-86

By the numbers:
19.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks (2nd) and 1.2 assists in 32.2 minutes per game while shooting 57% from the field and 67% from the line.