Monday, September 29, 2008

Juan Dixon Back in DC

Last week, I was on vacation for the biggest ex-Terp news of the off-season: Juan Dixon (1998-2002), signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Hopefully one of the many local newspapers or other Terp blogs from my sidebar over there on the right filled you in on the news in my absence.

Juan says he's excited and feels "comfortable" here in DC, but he won't be wearing #3 on his jersey:
Dixon won't wear the No. 3 he sported during his earlier, three-year stint with the Wizards -- that number is now the property of two-time all-star forward Caron Butler -- but even in choosing new digits, Dixon will be going back to his roots.

"Nah, I can't get that number back, but I'm going to go back to number 12, where it all started," Dixon said of the number he wore while starring at Baltimore's Calvert Hall High School. [...]

According to his agent, former Wizard Mitchell Butler, Dixon received interest from several teams over the summer, including New Jersey, Denver and New Orleans, plus a few European teams, but a big offer never materialized. As the free agent market dried up and roster spots diminished, the Wizards and Dixon agreed to a deal that made sense for both sides.

Though Dixon has to make the team and would earn the veteran minimum of $1.03 million for the season, a solid year could set him up to earn a bigger contract next summer.

Monday, September 08, 2008 Redesign

This isn't really former Terp news, but one of the key reference sites I use for this blog, has recently been redesigned and retooled. Readers (like you!) can now leave comments on games or players and submit links to stories about players and games. They have detailed basketball stats for all Maryland games and players going back to the 1989-90 season. I particularly rely on the site to aid my memory on things like what years Rodney Elliott played (1994-98) and how to spell Sarunas Jasikevicius. Many of the player pages have a handy link to this blog for current news about what former Terp players are doing now, so really, how can you not like the site?

For football fans, also has football game results going back, amazingly, to the 1892 season (we went 0-3 that year, including a loss to a local high school team).

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Harper and Doron to Play Together in Turkey

Laura Harper (2004-08) and Shay Doron (2003-07)have both signed to play for Besiktas Cola Turka of Turkey for next season. Here are player pages for Harper and Doron.
Beşiktaş Cola Turka Women’s Basketball Team has added Israeli guard Shay Doron, American center Laura Harper and forward Alexis Hornbuckle to its roster.

She played an important role in the Maryland University’s NCAA title in 2006 and Elitzur Ramla’s first place league finish in 2008. Doron, who also plays for the Israeli national team, took part in the Euro Cup semifinals last year.

After winning the prestigious NCAA Championship in 2006, she was part of the team when the USA Under-23 Team grabbed the world title in 2007. She was selected as the most valuable player in NCAA Final-Four Tournament. She is currently with the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA and will join Beşiktaş Cola Turka once the WNBA season ends.

In addition to its league scheudle, Besiktas is scheduled to participate in the FIBA Women's Euro Cup tournament this winter. Two years ago, Rodney Elliott played for Besiktas's men's team.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bambale Osby in Romania

Bambale Osby (2006-08) has signed in Romania (translation) with U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca. The linked story in the Ziua de Cluj newspaper doesn't say much about Osby; it's more of a summary of the whole team's preparation for the upcoming season. They note that Osby will be joining the team in Cluj next week, and the team is looking to him to help improve their defense while increasing the team's average height from last year, as part of a total team transformation that sees only five players returning from last year's squad.

Google auto-translation doesn't work right with the team's homepage, but they have a press release saying this about Osby:
American Bambale "Boom" Osby is the final new player to join "U" Mobitelco to play the 4-5 positions. Osby (22 years old, 2.03 meters, 120 kg) is expected next week to join the team. "He's a player who will help us not only in our offensive game, but also on defence, and further, will make a spectacular addition to our team," said executive chairman Mircea Cristescu, on the final acquisition of the team.

"Boom" comes from the University of Maryland and will be the seventh in the batch of foreign "U" Mobitelco players after the arrivals of Leon, Majstrovich, Glintic, Gibson, Kinsella, and the extended contract for Cuic. This will be Osby's first European experience, along with Leon and Gibson.

"Boom" concluded the 2007-2008 season with an average of 11.5 points, 0.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds (2.1 offensive) per game.

The second half of the press release is his career highlights, conveniently cut-and-pasted in English from some other source. Boom joins Mike Jones, who is also playing in Romania next season.