Monday, December 31, 2007

Travis Garrison Signs in Spain

Travis Garrison (2002-06) has left his team in Korea to join the Alerta Cantabria Lobos of Spain's LEB Gold Division. The LEB is Spain's second tier pro league, a step below the ACB. The LEB has three divisions, of which Gold is the highest level. One blog that posts team news says this about the new acquisition (translation):
Alerta Cantabria has signed American pivot-wing Travis Garrison. He will have a one month trial, and his stay in Santander, the capital of Cantabria, depends his performance during this period.

The team has found the piece that has been missing since the beginning of the season. The recruitment of Travis Garrison is intended to achieve a balance in the inside game: a pivot-wing with the ability to get open and score.

While he is not a player who will carry the team on offense, the American will help to improve the team's collective game. Also, with his recruitment, there will be a player capable of defending smaller pivots, who usually cause big problems for the team.

Born on April 20, 1984, he is a pure four, with a height of 203 centimeters, and played at the University of Maryland, where he graduated averaging just over ten points and six rebounds per game during the 32 games his final season. After his passage through the Los Angeles Defenders, Maryland Nighthawks, and Great Falls Explorers this year, he tested his fortunes with the Seoul SK Knights of the Korean league.

An admirer of Michael Jordan, this will be his first experience on the European continent, where he will occupy the space left vacant with the departure of Romeo Travis.

Maybe "pivot" was supposed to translate as "center"? I see it come up in translations so often now, I've started thinking of "pivot" as a legitimate position, like saying "wing" instead of "small forward".

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tony Massenburg in Puerto Rico

Tony Massenburg (1986-90), last seen in the Wizards training camp back in October, has signed to play with another team: the Arecibo Captians of Puerto Rico's BSN League. The only real news I can find about it is a mention of him in this story about Arecibo coming to Miami to play in a FIBA Latin America tournament.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

DJ Strawberry Sent to D-League

The Phoenix Suns sent D.J. Strawberry (2003-07) to play in the D-League for the time being. D.J. was averaging only 2 points in 6 minutes a game in Phoenix. He should get more playing time and experience playing for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Developmental League. He scored 26 points in 42 minutes of action in his first game, so it seems to be paying off.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Nik Caner-Medley Signs in Spain

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) has left the NBDL, where he was Sioux Falls' leading scorer, to play in Spain. I first saw it mentioned here at Sioux Falls' Keoland Television News website:
The Skyforce took another big hit late last week, when leading scorer and first-round draft pick Nik Caner-Medley left the team to pursue an opportunity overseas.

Where overseas did he go? I found him playing for C.B. Gran Canaria in Spain's ACB League (Spain's highest pro division). They also play in the Europe-wide ULEB Cup league. The Google Translation (which I cleaned up a little) of the news release says:
The Gran Canaria Dunes Group has reached an agreement with player Niklas Caner-Medley to be part of the 2007/08 roster in the CBA League and the ULEB Cup.

The sports director, Himar Ojeda, stresses "the character" of the new player inside. "He's a very active player with a lot of energy and will add a lot of spark to our team," explains Himar, while stressing that "he is a left-handed player, a four (power forward) capable of putting the ball on the floor, and he has a good medium-range shot. I hope that fits well into the group and to help us meet our objectives."

This news release has a picture of Nik arriving in Spain, and here we see that Nik is settling in and playing well.