Ndong in action / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The best version of Boniface Ndong exploded onto the basketball court in the player’s third season at FC Barcelona Regal. The Senegalese has doubled his overall evaluation from last season (12.5 per match), and he’s a pillar for the team both on offence and defence. In fact, Ndong is the player in Xavi Pascual’s squad that has the best average evaluation after 27 matchdays in the League, he leads Navarro (21.1), Lorbek (11) and Marcelinho (9.9).

Besides his consistency on the court, Ndong has managed to break a couple of individual records. The pivot scored the most points in a single match his career for Barça, twice -21 points on weeks 2 and 12 - and he reached an overall evaluation of 35 in the game against FIATC Joventut on week 6. He’s also in the Top 10 of the best rebounders in the Liga Endesa despite having missed a couple of games due to injury.

Ndong’s stats in the ACB:

Evaluation (per game)

Season 2011/12: 12.1
Season 2010/11: 6.21
Season 2009/10: 8.06

Points (per game)

Season 2011/12: 9
Season 2010/11: 5.4
Season 2009/10: 6.8

Rebounds (per game)

Season 2011/12: 6.3
Season 2010/11: 3.3
Season 2009/10: 3.9

Navarro, star against Zaragoza

One of the most decisive players in the first match at the Palau Blaugrana against CAI Zaragoza, Barça’s next rival, was Juan Carlos Navarro. The Azulgrana captain was coming off an injury but he put in a brilliant performance in the 15 minutes that he played. He got an evaluation on 21 and helped the team win the match by sinking all of his free throws (12/12).

Rhodes, CAI's new signing

This weekend, the CAI Zaragoza-Barça Regal match (Sunday 8, 18:30) could lead to  the debut of Charles Rhodes for the home team. CAI announced an agreement with Rhodes, who played for Busan KT Sonicboom. Rhodes played for the South Korean team for two seasons and was named the best foreign player of the league in his first year.