NetScouts Basketball had released our All-International Teams for the 2020-21 collegiate season. Many international players had exceptional seasons and contributed to the success of their teams. Chris Duarte of Oregon has been named the International Player of the Year.
Duarte, a 6-6, 190-pound senior, was a finalist for the Jerry West Award as the top shooting guard in the nation and was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team as well as the All-Defensive Team. He was the conference’s player of the week twice this season. He led the Ducks to their second straight Pac-12 regular season title. Duarte was fourth in the league in scoring (16.7 ppg), second in steals (1.9 per game) and led the conference with 2.5 three-point field goals made per game. He connected on 44 percent of his three-point attempts. He added 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He shot 52.4 percent overall from the field and over 80 percent on free throws for a true shooting percentage of 65.4. Duarte had an outstanding player efficiency rating of 24.8.
Joining Duarte (Dominican Republic) on the first team are Kofi Cockburn (Jamaica), a 7-0, 265-pound sophomore from Illinois, Oscar da Silva (Germany), a 6-9, 225-pound senior from Stanford, Charles Bassey (Nigeria), a 6-11, 235-pound junior from Western Kentucky and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Republic of Georgia), a 6-11, 240-pound senior from Seton Hall.
Cockburn averaged 17.6 points per game on 65.5 percent shooting and added 9.6 rebounds per game. He exceeded 20 points nine games with a high of 33 points against Minnesota and had a string of 11 straight games with double-figure rebounds. Da Silva was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and had career highs in points (18.5 per game), rebounds (6.7 per game) and assists (2.4 per game). Bassey averaged 17.7 points, was fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.4 per game) and fifth in the nation in blocked shots (3.1 per game). Mamukelashvili impressed with his versatile game for someone his size. He led the Pirates with 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and added 3.2 assists per game.
The second team includes Joel Ayayi (France), a 6-5, 180-pound junior from Gonzaga, Franz Wagner (Germany), a 6-9, 220-pound sophomore from Michigan, Marcus Carr (Canada) a 6-2, 195- pound junior from Minnesota, Neemias Queta (Portugal), a 7-0, 245-pound junior from Utah State and Santiago Aldama (Spain), a 6-11, 215-pound sophomore from Loyola (MD).
Ayayi helped the top-rated Zags to an undefeated regular season by averaging 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1,2 steals. He was one of the top rebounding guards in the country and shot 39.7 percent from deep. Wagner is projected to be at least a mid-first round pick in the 2021 NBA draft due to the size, skill and versatility on the wing. He averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals for the regular season Big Ten champions. He added 38.4 percent on his three-point attempts and scored 21 points in back-to-back games late in the season against Iowa and Indiana. Carr led Minnesota to a great start. Although the Wolverines had trouble towards the end of the season, Carr’s performances held up and he averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Carr scored 41 points against Nebraska and had three other 30+ point games during the year. Queta came on late in the season and posted back-to-back 30-point, 10-rebound games against Boise State. He averaged a double-double (15.1 points, 10.0 rebounds). Queta added 2.8 assists and 3.2 blocks per game. Aldama, a high-major recruit who elected to play his college ball in the Patriot League, did average a double-double with 21.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He had three 30-point games including a 30-point, 22-rebound effort against Lafayette. In the first round of the conference tournament against Army, he scored 33 points on 13-of-15 shooting, including 5-of-6 3s, and added 12 rebounds.
The third team features Eugene Omoruyi (Canada), a 6-6, 235-pound senior from Oregon, Quincy Guerrier (Canada) , a 6-7, 210-pound sophomore from Syracuse. Iverson Molinar (Panama), a 6-4, 190-pound sophomore from Mississippi State, Asbjorn Midtgaard (Denmark), a 7-0, 270-pound senior from Grand Canyon and Fardaws Aimaq (Canada), a 6-11, 245-pound junior from Utah Valley.
Omoruyi averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 38.4 percent on 3s. He made the All-Pac-12 team. Guerrier averaged 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. He had eight double-digit rebounding games. Molinar averaged 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He shot 43.4 percent from deep and scored in double-figures in all but three games. Midtgaard, a transfer from Wichita State, led the nation in effective field goal percentage (70.6%) and true shooting percentage (71.7%) while shooting 72.3 percent on his two-point attempts. He averaged 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds. Aimaq, a transfer from Mercer, led the nation in rebounding with 15.0 per game and in rebounding percentage (27.8%). He had three games with more than 20 rebounds including 25 against Dixie State and added 13.9 points per game.