Monday, July 14, 2008

Terp NBA Earnings and Stats

The Maryland Terrapin Basketball Commentary blog appears to have had a short lifespan (2/19/08 - 4/2/08), but before the postings stopped at the end of last season, they ran a listing of all 18 Maryland players who have played in the NBA since 1990 along with their statistical averages and career earnings. It will probably come as no surprise that Steve Francis ranks first with around $65M in career earnings, Joe Smith is second with $52M, and Walt Williams is third with $35M.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Shay Doron Wins Israeli Championship and MVP

Back in May, former Terp Shay Doron (2003-07), who was a leader on the Terrapin women's basketball championship team in 2007, won another championship: this time, her pro team, Elizur Ramla, won the Israeli championship. I found this thanks to DC BasketCases, which also notes that Doron was cut by the WNBA's New York Liberty, so she will not be playing back in the U.S. this summer.

After her team won the Isreali Championship, Israeli Cup, and advancing to the semi-finals of the Women's Eurocup, Shay was named Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Terps in the NBA Summer League

There's not much Terp action in the NBA Summer League this year. James Gist (2004-08) will try to make the team in San Antonio. Meanwhile, DJ Strawberry (2003-07) and Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) are playing together again for the Phoenix Suns.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Derrick Lewis Coaching at Archbishop Spalding

My personal knowledge of Maryland basketball doesn't extend back to the 80's, but CoachGaryWilliams.com remembers Derrick Lewis (1985-88) and found a news story about him. (Never mind the inconsistency that Lewis never played for Williams.)

Lewis is currently the president of ArchivaSports (a video service for high school athletes), and will now become the JV coach and assistant Varsity coach at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD. PressBox.com has a detailed bio story about Lewis from his AAU days P.G. County to his long professional career in Europe:
The newest addition to the Baltimore Catholic League coaching fraternity is one of the most underrated but finest players in Maryland basketball history. He's also the president of a company, a father of two, fluent in French and a former roommate of Len Bias. He has played professionally for 16 years and visited 38 different countries.

"Sometimes I wonder where the time has gone," Derrick Lewis said. "I have been very lucky."

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Jason McAlpin Working at Under Armour

In an on-line interview posted over at UMTerps.com, recent graduate Jason McAlpin (2006-08) talks about his new job at Under Armour as an intern in their footwear division. Under Armour was, of course, founded by former Maryland football player Kevin Plank. An excerpt:
umterps.com: Do you still try to get out and play a little bit?

JM: I still have the bug, no question. I still go out a few days a week and get in some pickup games. For a while I was considering going overseas to play because I still have that bug. I still felt like I have a lot of games left in me and can continue to get better as a basketball player and make some money doing it. But Under Armour is probably a better situation for me in the long run. I learned a lot from basketball, but you can't play forever.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Travis Garrison Signs in Argentina

Travis Garrison (2002-06) has signed a new deal (translation) for next year with Quilmes de Mar del Plata of Argentina's Liga A (the top pro league). The ESPNdeportes article about him apparently refers to his teammates as "The Beer" or possibly "The Brewer". Or maybe that's a bad translation:
BUENOS AIRES -- The pivot-wing American, Travis Garrison (24 years old and 2.3 metres) is the first foreign reinforcement of Quilmes in Mar del Plata to face the upcoming national basketball league.

Garrison has a good track record in the league of Korea, Spain (LEB gold) and Venezuela.

The 'beer' has as tokens national Hernando Salles, Paul Gil, Maximilino Maciel, Ezequiel Dentis, Esteban Lopez and Nicholas Romano (Sub 23).

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

European League Wrap-Up

Today, here is recap of how all the Terps playing in Europe (and elsewhere in the world) fared this season. Finding stats for all these players is very time consuming, so I didn't do it this year. (Particularly since many European teams play in multiple leagues: their national league, Euroleague, the ULEB Cup, various other tournaments, etc.) Really, I meant to write this weeks ago right after the NBA Wrap-up.


Sarunas Jasikevicius's team, Panathinaikos of Athens Greece, won the Greek League Championship for the 6th consecutive year. Panathinaikos also advanced to the round of 16 of the Euroleague Club Championships.

Lonny Baxter's team, Panionios, also from Athens, Greece, finished in 3rd place in the Greek League, losing to the aforementioned Panathinaikos in the Greek League semifinals.

Terence Morris's team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, of Isreal, made it to the Euroleague finals before losing to CSKA Moscow, who then signed Terence after the season ended. Maccabi Tel Aviv also made it to the Israeli league finals, losing by one point, despite 20 points from Morris. Maccabi also lost in the finals of the Israeli Cup back in February.

Also in Israel, John Gilchrist's Nahariya Ironi finished in 4th place after losing in the other semifinal of the Israeli league.

Laron Profit's Libertad Sunchales, of Argentina, won the Argentinian league championship.

Chris McCray's Telindus Oostende, of Belgium, lost in the quarterfinals of the Belgian League Tournament, but did manage to win the Belgium Cup tournament back in April.

Mike Jones's APOEL, of Nicosia, Cyprus, finished in 2nd place, losing in the finals of the Cypriot League. On its way to the finals, Jones and APOEL beat Ryan Randle's AEL Limmassol in the semifinals.

In Italian Lega2 play (Italy's 2nd division), Andre Collins was the league MVP and Carife Ferrara won the regular season championship (but lost in the finals of the league tournament), meaning Carife will move up to play in the Italian A division next year. Meanwhile, Rodney Elliott's Agricola Gloria team finished 15th in Lega2, and will drop down to the B1 division next season.

Nik Caner-Medley's Kalise Gran Canaria, of the Canary Islands, Spain, finished 9th and just missed the playoffs in the Spanish ACB league.

Ekene Ibekwe's Beascanon finished 8th in the French ProB League.

Travis Garrison is currently playing for Gaiteros de Zulia of Venezuela, whose league has just started the postseason. Gaiteros finished 4th in the regular season. He also played in Spain and South Korea earlier this season.

Jamar Smith's Toshiba Brave Thunder team finished 7th in the Japanese Pro Superleague.

Drew Nicholas helped Turkey's Efes Pilsen get to the Euroleague round of 16, but was released from the team in March for refusing to travel to Serbia.