Was LaQuincy Rideau snubbed from the British Basketball All-League team?

By Thomas Kelly

“Every team feared me.”

LaQuincy Rideau knows that the League was afraid of his ability but they failed to recognise him in the All-League team. The British Basketball League announced the team this morning featuring the best five players in the BBL… without one of its biggest stars. 

Rideau led the League in assists this year, averaging seven per game, which is nearly one more than the rest of the competition. He was a real driving force for the Cheshire side Phoenix, as the engine of Ben Thomas’ team’s offence, which was the second best in the league.

LaQuincy isn’t just an offensive player… he also is a lockdown defender, leading the League in steals this year with 2.6 and earning a spot on the All-Defensive team this year. Rideau has always had incredible defensive skills as back in 2019 he was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year. Rideau is the best defensive guard in the League and has locked down multiple opponents, another reason why the Florida native should have been on the All-League team.

Rideau arrived in Cheshire this year coming from stints in Luxembourg and Slovenia after playing college basketball at the University of South Florida. His first year in the UK has been nothing short of incredible and was worthy of the All-League nomination. 

The highlight of LaQuincy’s time on the Nix came after he won the BBL Trophy and was named the tournament MVP. He scored 25 points in the final to upset the London Lions highlighting the scoring ability that he possesses. Rideau has also won Player of the Month multiple times over the season showing the dominance he has had in the league this season.

Rideau’s teammate Aaryn Rai was named to the All-League team deservingly so, as Rai led the team in points and rebounds. This could be the reason Rideau was left out, as voters didn’t want to include two players from the same team. 

Rideau didn’t average incredibly high points but his overall impact driving the offence and clamping down on defence should have earned him a spot on the team.  Rideau himself was disappointed with the snub and when asked on the matter commented: “They know every team feared me, I’m just glad they let me know who people voted for.”

Rideau was only two votes away from the team behind fellow guards Patrick Wheelan and Teddy Allen. While both outscored Rideau this season LaQuincy has them beaten in most other stats and both Allen and Wheelan’s teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs.

Rideau should have been selected to the All-League team but he will use this as a chip on his shoulder and this should help fuel him and the team going forward.

Rideau has been a key piece for the Phoenix this season helping them finish second in the table, the team’s best finish in the decade. The team are now into their playoff campaign having reached the semi-final after sweeping the Bristol Flyers in the last round. They now face the Sheffield Sharks, with the series beginning tomorrow night at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. 

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