Former Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter has been playing overseas this season for Rilski Sportist of Bulgaria’s National Basketball League, and on Wednesday, he earned Player of the Week honors after putting on an outstanding performance in the team’s regular-season finale, according to Eurobasket.
Jeter paced Rilski in Round 22, contributing a game-high 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in its 94-86 win over Spartak Pleven. On the season, Jeter is averaging 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists, so his efforts last week represented a step up from the norm.
In Bulgaria Sheldon Jeter @JonBlaze_21 is Eurobasket Player of the Week @EurobasketNews @RilskiSportist @NBLBulgaria #KeucheyanSportsMngmt pic.twitter.com/6lmbSJlNfc— Sevag Keucheyan (@SevagKeucheyan) April 4, 2018
The Beaver Falls native displayed similar versatility late in his career with Pitt, averaging 8.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in the 2016-17 season. With that said, scoring outbursts of this sort were rare for him during his time in the NCAA, as he only reached the 20-point mark four times over a four-year collegiate career split between Vanderbilt and Pitt.
Rilski is 14-6 and ranks third in the NBL this season behind Levski and Balkan. Spartak has had a rougher go of it, as it currently sits at the bottom of the league with a 1-19 record.
Jeter and Rilski have also played to an 11-1 record in the Balkan International Basketball League and are set to face Bashkimi in the semifinal round of the BIBL playoffs on Sunday.