Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
|Year||Player||NBA Team||Round||(Overall Pick)|
|1990||Jerrod Mustaf||New York||1||(17)|
|Tony Massenburg||San Antonio||2||(43)|
|1991||Brian Williams (x-Arizona)||Orlando||1||(10)|
|Steve Hood (x-James Madison)||Sacramento||2||(42)|
|1995||Joe Smith||Golden State||1||(1)|
|2002||Chris Wilcox||LA Clippers||1||(8)|
(x) denotes a player who transferred away from Maryland prior to being drafted
Thursday, February 23, 2006
This article in Italian seems to say that Duane played for the Shangdong Lions in China in 2003-04. Another earlier article from the same Italian website gives the best summary of Duane's career and says that he has been signed by Olympia in Italy for the 2002-03 season. Paraphrasing the Italian, it says he played in Belgium for Bree BBC in 1996-97, in France for Elan Sportif Chalonnais in 1997-98, then bounced around the CBA, USBL, and ABA. The article also calls him a "ferryman", but I suspect Google is mistranslating "journeyman". In 2001, he played for the EA All-Stars basketball team.
Simpkins's most famous moment at Maryland was, unfortunately, when it was revealed that he had racked up over $8000 in parking fines on campus. They even made fun if it in the Italian article I translated.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
"This is a trade that we all feel makes us a better basketball team for both now and in the future," [Knicks GM Isiah] Thomas said in a news release announcing the deal. "In Steve, we add an All-Star caliber player to our team without giving up core assets that are key to our future."
Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. He was the 2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and was selected to start for the Western Conference All-Stars from 2002-2004.
"Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," [Knicks coach Larry] Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development."
Steve Francis only played one season (his Junior year) at Maryland before turning pro. He transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which you'll recall from previous posts, was the same Junior College that Steve Francis went to.
It looks like he played for the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings in 2001. And he was a Harlem Globetrotter for parts of 1999-2000. I've seen evidence from secondary sources that he has played all over the world in the past few years, for CBA, USBL, and ABA teams in the US, and internationally in Japan, Syria, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Italy.
Johnny is hard to track down. He may have gone by "John Rhodes" at some of his international stops. Also complicating the search, there is a different John Rhodes who was a former player and is a current assistant coach at Ohio University.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
"Where is he now?" is the easy question. "Where has he been?" is more difficult. Here's what I've found through various news articles (often poorly translated from European basketball news websites)...
Last year, he was with BC Cibona in Croatia, but was apparently injured playing in Italy (scroll down to Cibona, the 2nd team previewed on that page). He then transferred to Ricoh Manresa in Spain and ended up playing for another Spanish team, Fuenlabrada. He was at the top of several statistical categories playing for Kansas City in the ABA in 2001. In 2000, the Baltimore City Paper mentioned him playing for the Baltimore Bayrunners in the now-defunct IBL.
Monday, February 20, 2006
NigeriaSports.com did an excellent feature article on Obinna last week, discussing his career history, his current team in Rome, and the possibility of him playing on Nigeria's national team.
Friday, February 17, 2006
|Year||Player||NBA Team||Round||(Overall Pick)|
|1977||Brad Davis||LA Lakers||1||(15)|
|1981||Buck Williams||New Jersey||1||(3)|
|Albert King||New Jersey||1||(10)|
I don't have records of the overall pick number for drafts before 1976.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Here is an NBA-DL player profile for Byron Mouton, where he appears to have played for the NBA-D League's Florida Flames for the 2004-05 season. Working backwards from that profile, I learned that Mouton previously played for Braunschweig in Germany in 2003-04 (where he would have been a teammate of Mike Mardesich) and the CBA's Idaho Stampede in 2002-03. He was the 3rd pick in the 2002 CBA draft. He was briefly signed to play on French Pro B-League's FC Mulhouse in summer 2005, but it's unclear if he appeared in any games before leaving the team to play back in the U.S.
Byron Mouton transferred to Maryland from Tulane and redshirted the 1999-2000 season. He was a starter on the 2002 NCAA championship team. After going undrafted in the 2002 NBA draft, he played for the Washington Wizards' summer league team and then was invited to the Boston Celtics training camp before reporting to the Idaho Stampede for the 2002-03 regular season.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The 23-year-old Wilcox has career averages of 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in three-plus seasons with the Clippers after they made him the eighth overall selection in the 2002 draft following his two-year college career at Maryland.
"We were looking for an athletic player that can play above the rim," [Sonics general manager Rick] Sund said. "His athleticism is a big plus for us, and he can run and can finish. He's looking for a place to be where he can get a fresh start as well."
Ryan Randle transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which I am required by law to note was the same junior college that Steve Francis came from. Various TV and radio announcers used to remind us every game that his nickname was "Sleepy" because his eyes always had that "I just woke up" look. It must have been the only note about him in the press guide, because they mentioned it every game. I never heard any fans actually call him that.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
The Maryland Atheletics website has an out-of-date list of past and present Terps in the Pros. Although, of the "present" players they list, none has played in the WNBA since 2004.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Since leaving Maryland, Mike Mardesich played 2001-02 for Telekom Bonn, had a try-out with the Washington Wizards in summer 2002, then played 2002-03 for SIG Strasbourg (also in France's A League). He played in Germany for BS|ENERGY Braunschweig in 2003-04. If you speak German (or know how to make Google Translation work), this feature article talks about Mardesich's return to Germany. For the 2004-05 season, Mike moved to Eiffel Towers Nijmegen in the Netherlands (here's his player profile from the ULEB Cup).
Friday, February 10, 2006
|1956||Bob Kessler||Fort Worth||2|
|Charley McNeil||New York||6|
|Jerry Bechtle||New York||15|
|1961||Bob NcDonald||St. Louis||6|
|1967||Jay McMillan||LA Lakers||9|
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Terrell Stokes's road to get here included a stint as assistant coach at Division 2 Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a job coaching afterschool basketball in Montgomery County, MD.
Matt Kovarik also worked for Xerox for two years, served as an assistant coach at Maryland for a three seasons (including the 2002 NCAA Championship season), and is now also attending law school at the University of Maryland-Baltimore in addition to his coaching duties.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Here is his Euroleague player profile, which says this about his history after leaving Maryland:
Selected in the 2003 USBL Draft by Texas Rim Rockers (#59)... moved to Italy for the 2003-04 season, signed by Fabriano Basket, in the Italian Legadue... signed for the 2004-05 season by Basket Livorno... at the end of the Italian regular season, moved to Spain, signed for the remainder of the season by Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria... back to Italy for the 2005-06 season, signed by Benetton Basket Treviso.
My favorite Drew Nicholas memory is when he hit the last second three-pointer to win the game against UNC-Wilmington in the 1st round of the 2003 NCAA tournament.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Jamar Smith came to Maryland as a transfer from Allegany Community College. All TV commentators were contractually required to mention that this was the same junior college that Steve Francis attended.
Monday, February 06, 2006
John Gilchrist lead Maryland to their first ACC title in 2004, then had an up-and-down 2004-05 season before leaving for the NBA draft. After going undrafted, he played in NBA summer league for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005, but did not make the regular season roster.
Friday, February 03, 2006
After graduation, Keith Booth played for the Chicago Bulls from 1997-1999, winning an NBA Championship in 1998.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
- Steve Blake (1999-2003) for the Portland Trailblazers
- Juan Dixon (1998-2002) for the Portland Trailblazers
- Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) for the Houston Rockets
- Chris Wilcox (2000-02) for the LA Clippers
- Terence Morris (1997-2001) for the Orlando Magic
- Laron Profit (1995-99) for the LA Lakers
- Steve Francis (1998-99) for the Orlando Magic
- Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) for the Indiana Pacers
- Joe Smith (1993-95) for the Milwaukee Bucks
The Maryland Atheletics website has a full list of past and present Terps in the NBA.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Some are high profile guys in the NBA now, but most dropped off the radar. Looking around the net, I managed to find a bunch of them playing in Europe and in other minor leagues in the US like the NBA D-League, the ABA, USBL, and CBA. Rather than just keeping this information for my own knowledge (and to occasionally show off to my friends), I decided to create a blog to share it with other Maryland fans.
I'll start off the first few days with some obvious ones for completeness, and then share what I've found about some of the Terrapins' less-remembered basketball heros. Starting out, I've got several weeks worth of articles written in advance to get you caught up on what I already know. I plan to only post one per day, Monday-Friday. After that, I'll probably post more sparingly as I hear news or find out that players have moved to new teams.
I'm using the pseudonym Michelangelo, in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle of the same name. Turtle Power!