Friday, December 31, 2010

Rodney Elliott Playing in Argentina

Rodney Elliott is now playing in Argentina for the Boca Juniors. The brief mention in Boca's poorly designed website just says:
Rodney Elliot Arrives

The new reinforcement arrives with lots of experience in European leagues, is 34 and is of U.S. nationality. His position is power forward, and comes after most recently playing for Paris Levallois in 2010. He is expected to join the team on December 27.

According to LatinBasket, Elliott was averaging 7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game with Paris-Levallois in the French ProA league.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Steve Francis's China Trip Ends with a Bad Break-Up

It was just earlier this month when I was excitedly posting about Steve Francis's (1998-99) arrival in China to play for the Beijing Ducks. And now, Francis's trip to China has ended poorly (NY Times) with him being cut from the team (Yahoo):
In what is being described as an amicable parting between two sides that completely hate each other, the Beijing Ducks have released the former NBA All-Star (the former NBA All-Star starter, mind you) after a total of four games played out of a one-season (with an option for a second) contract. Francis was with the team for 13 days and played a total of 14 minutes. He scored two points.
Along the way in his strange journey, Francis got his first playing time with an ice pack taped to his ankles (Yahoo again) and his shoes untied for 17 seconds of garbage time at the end of a game, flipped off the ref in his second game, causing his team to be ordered to educate and criticize Francis for his uncivilized behavior (Inquirer Sports), refused to practice on Christmas day (note: it's not a holiday in China), and finally, left the building at half-time of his final game after the coach didn't give him any playing time.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ryan Randle in the ABA

Ryan Randle (2001-03) is now playing in the ABA for the Dallas Impact. I don't have much primary source information to share on this, just his name on a roster and a brief mention of his acquisition in a game story. The Impact are an expansion team in the ABA's Southwestern Division this season.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joe Smith Traded to the Lakers

Steve Blake has a new teammate on the Lakers: fellow Terp Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from the New Jersey Nets to Los Angeles today as part of a 3-team deal also including the Houston Rockets. Excerpt from the Lakers' press release:
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired forward Joe Smith from the New Jersey Nets in a three-team trade, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. New Jersey will also send the Lakers Golden State’s second round draft choice in 2011 and Chicago’s second round draft choice in 2012. The Lakers will also receive the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk from Houston, as well as a trade exception. In return, New Jersey will receive guard Sasha Vujacic and a protected 2011 first round draft pick from the Lakers. New Jersey will receive a protected 2012 first round draft pick from Houston, while the Rockets will receive guard Terrence Williams from New Jersey. [...]

In 1,018 career games (619 starts), Smith is averaging 11.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 26.5 minutes. Signed by New Jersey as a free agent prior to the 2010-11 season, Smith has played in four games this season (three starts), averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 6.3 minutes.

Over at SBNation, they try to guess Smith's impact on the Lakers rotation.

Steve Francis Arrives in China

Steve Francis (1998-99) has arrived in China. Here's video and pictures of Steve and his family arriving at the airport, and later, pictures from the press conference welcoming Francis to the Beijing Ducks.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Steve Blake Seeking a Championship with the Lakers

The Washington Post Wizards Insider blog had a feature about Steve Blake (1999-2003) today, and how he hopes to win an NBA Championship with the Lakers. Excerpt:
"I've had a crazy road, a great road," said Blake, the 38th pick out of Maryland in the 2003 draft. "I've played for a lot of great coaches. I've started for years. I've come off the bench for years. I've played on bad teams, on good teams. But I think it's all for the best. I've had a chance to experience a lot. I think it's made me grow as a person and as a player and I think I'm in the spot I need to be at right now."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More on Steve Francis in China

From Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog twitter feed @dcsportsbog comes this article about the recent surge of American players heading to China to play professionally, including Steve Francis (1998-99). Excerpt:
Resurrection will also be the watchword for Francis, who will suit up this season for the Beijing Ducks and is known throughout China as "Folaoda" ("Big Brother Fo") for when he played with Chinese superstar Yao Ming on the NBA Houston Rockets. [...]

The nine-year NBA veteran, who averaged 19 points a game over his career, has still not arrived in Beijing and is expected in the capital next week after the 32-game season starts.

The signings come after the CBA waived a $60,000 monthly salary limit on foreign players, a move aimed at attracting better talent and in turn generating more fan excitement and injecting new energy into the league.

"The only thing I can say is that Francis' salary is not the highest of the CBA foreign players — he is not even among the top few players," Beijing Ducks official Yuan Zhao told the China Youth Daily of Francis' reported 800,000-dollar contract.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Travis Garrison has a Blog

Travis Garrison (2002-06) has a new blog on Eurobasket's new Pro Basketball Overseas blog site. Garrison is one of many Americans overseas participating in the new site. So far he has one post, where he talks about how his team is playing and about his family back home in the United States. Travis is currently playing his second season for BC Khimik in the Ukraine.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Steve Francis in China

Steve Francis (1998-99) made good on his earlier suggestion that he might play in China. Late last month, he signed a deal with the Shougang Beijing Ducks, according to The New York Times and numerous other basketball blogs. The Times says:
Steve Francis, a former member of the Houston Rockets, has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Francis, 33, has been plagued by knee problems and has seen his N.B.A. stock plummet.

Francis’ deal, according to the Chinese pro basketball blog, pays him a guaranteed $800,000 for this season. There is an option for a second year, with a 15 percent raise, if the team picks it up.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

DJ Strawberry Playing with D-League's Reno Bighorns

DJ Strawberry (2003-07) has signed to play with the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. Strawberry played for Reno last season too. The Bighorns are the NBDL affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic.
The Reno Bighorns have signed guard D.J. Strawberry as a returning player, filling the roster spot vacated by Darrin Govens, who was waived earlier in the week.

Strawberry, a former second round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, appeared in 26 games for the Bighorns during the 2009-10 season. Strawberry averaged 13.1 points per game and 5.6 assists per game last season.

The 6-5 guard played collegiately at the University of Maryland, and has appeared in 22-career NBA games, all with the Phoenix Suns.
Last month, it looked like DJ was a lock to play for Scavolini Spar Pesaro and be a teammate of Andre Collins in Italy. But he wanted a guaranteed contract for the season, while the Italian team would only offer a 2 month renewable contract. Then there was a rumor in Italy that Strawberry was signing to play in China instead, but that didn't actually happen either. In the end, he ended up in Reno with the team he played for last spring, which hopefully will give him the best shot at getting back into the NBA again.

Former Terp Coaching Round-Up

I don't write much about former Terps who have gone into the coaching ranks, because frankly, they're harder for me to follow than players. For players, I have go-to sites for transactions and team rosters. But for coaches, it's a matter of remembering to Google people every year or so.

But here's a round-up of the ones I know about. If you know of another former player coaching or have corrections, post it in the comments and I'll update the list. (My knowledge only goes back to players from the early 1990's, plus some people who were recent Terps assistants.)

Keith Booth (1993-97): University of Maryland Assistant Coach

Dave Dickerson (1986-89): Ohio State University Assistant Coach

Chuck Driesell (1981-85): The Citadel Head Coach

Billy Hahn (1971-75): University of West Virginia Assistant Coach

Matt Hahn (1996-2000): Robert Morris University Assistant Coach

Joe Harrington (1965-67): University of Maryland Director of Men's Basketball Student Athlete Services

Tahj Holden (1999-2003): Monmouth University Assistant Coach

Derrick Lewis (1985-88?): Archbishop Spalding High School (Baltimore) Head Coach

Greg Nared (1985-89?): University of Washington Assistant Women's Coach

Duane Simpkins (1992-96): St. Alban's School (Washington, DC) Head Coach

Kurtis Shultz (1991-95): Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) Strength and Conditioning Coach

Terrell Stokes (1995-99): University of the District of Columbia Assistant Coach

John "JD" Walsh (1991-93): JD Basketball School Founder and Coach

Buck Williams (1978-81?): Portland Trailblazers Assistant Coach

And finally, last alphabetically, Gary Williams (1965-68): University of Maryland Head Coach

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blazers Celebrate Buck Williams

The Portland Blazers are celebrating their heritage this season, honoring the great players from their team's history. Earlier this month, they honored former Terp and Blazer Buck Williams (1986-89). (Williams is also currently an assistant coach for the Blazers.) Here's a story about Williams and his history with the Blazers from their website.

The spring of 1990 for Trail Blazer fans came out of the blue -- or. more aptly, out of the gray, given the hue of normal Oregon winters.

Nobody expected greatness from this team entering the season. Coming off a disappointing 39-43 record the year before, the Blazers caught fire in late February and finished the regular season winning 21 of their final 26 games. They exploded with pizzazz into the playoffs and all the way to the NBA championship Finals.

Entering those playoffs, the 1989-90 Blazers set team records for wins (59), road wins (24) and team confidence, as they fashioned the second best record in the NBA.

For many, it would be called Clyde Drexler's team, but truth be told the key to the 1989-90 turn-around season was an off-season trade that sent former Blazer Sam Bowie and a draft choice to New Jersey for Charles Linwood "Buck" Williams.

Not a splashy forward or heavy scorer, Buck Williams was a banger, a defensive stopper, an intimidator and clearly the key to the great Trail Blazers' teams that dominated most NBA opponents from 1989 through 1993.

(Bonus Video: Buck talks about wearing a bow tie on the sidelines.)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Jasikevicius Finally Signs in Lithuania

After rejecting their first offer and practicing with another team in Greece for a few weeks, Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) has finally signed to play this season for Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius, Lithuania. Long ago, before his NBA stint and all the Euroleague titles and big contracts in Spain, Israel, and Greece, Lietuvos Rytas was Sarunas's first pro team after leaving Maryland. Lietuvos Rytas is competing in the Euroleague tournament this season, but currently in next-to-last place in the Group C round-robin and faces an uphill battle to make it to the Top 16 round. The team is currently in second place in the Lithuanian league regular season.

The Lithuanian-English translation of the official team story (translation) is virtually unreadable, but there it is for your reading enjoyment; the first line reads: "The Lithuanian Morning back Sarunas Jasikevicius now live in a hotel that once was mined. On the day when the first player signed a contract with a team of Vilnius, drunk Arunas Valinskas reported bomb Sarunas."

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Jasikevicius Still Unsigned, but Working Out with Greek Team

As national leagues and the annual Euroleague opening rounds begin, the big free agent story of the fall in Europe is: Where will Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) sign? After the team he led to the Euroleague Championship in 2009, Panathinaikos, declined to resign him for this season, there have been rumors that went nowhere about a return to his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, and rejected offers to return to his first pro team, Lietuvos Rytas or Kaunas Zalgiris in Lithuania.

Still without a team as the season begins, Sarunas is staying active in Greece, working out with Peristeri Athens (translation) even though he hasn't signed with the team and isn't playing in games for them. He could sign with Athens, but for now he appears to be holding out for an offer from a higher profile team.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Return of the Mobbies

Click here to vote for my blog ... early and oftenThe Mobbies are back for 2010!

What are the Mobbies? They're the Baltimore Sun's annual blog awards, and once again, Maryland Basketball: Where Are They Now? is nominated in the Terps Blogs category. Last year, we finished a respectable "not in last place", and I'd like to that well again this year, so please head over there and vote today!

(You can vote once per day until November 12.)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Gist Signs with Euroleague Power Partizan Belgrade

After being cut at the end of the preseason by the Spurs last week, it didn't take James Gist (2004-08) long to sign with a new team in Europe. Gist signed a new contract with perennial Euroleague power Partizan Belgrade of Serbia. Partizan was one of the Euroleague Final Four teams last spring. The Euroleague press release says:
Serbian champion Partizan Belgrade moved to reenforce its frontcourt by signing power forward James Gist to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Gist (23 years old, 206cm) will be in Belgrade on Wednesday to watch Partizan play Khimki Moscow, but is not expected to make his Euroleague debut until next week. Gist arrives from Lokmotiv Kuban of the Russian League, where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17 games last season. The year before that, he put up 13 points and 6 rebounds on average for Angelico Biella in the Italian League. Previously, Gist played for University of Maryland from 2004 to 2008. Gist's arrival coincides with the release of power forward Sava Lesic (22, 208), who was part of the Partizan team that reached the Final Four last season while winning the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup trophies.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Matt Hahn is a New Assistant Coach at Robert Morris

As the college basketball season gets ready to start, one former Terp has a new coaching job. Matt Hahn (1996-2000) is now a new assistant coach at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. From the team's announcement:
Hahn joins the Robert Morris men's basketball coaching staff after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont under head coach Mike Lonergan.

From 2005 to 2010 with Hahn as an assistant, the Catamounts posted an overall record of 103-59 (.636), including a mark of 56-24 (.700) in the America East. Vermont claimed three America East regular-season championships (2007, 2009, 2010) during that span and appeared in the postseason three times, including berths in the NIT in 2007, the CBI in 2009 and the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

"It's an exciting opportunity to join Coach Toole, who is one of the rising stars in the business, on his staff at Robert Morris," Hahn said. "I'm looking forward to coming in and helping in all areas of the program, from recruiting to coaching. It's exciting to be around a group of players that have great potential and have already experienced a large amount of success. I'm absolutely thrilled and ecstatic about the chance to help in continuing the success of the Robert Morris program."
The school also mentions that Hahn has been named one the top 50 mid-major assistant coaches in the country in two of the last three years.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DJ Strawberry and James Gist Waived

As the NBA preseason winds down, the two Terps fighting for a job in the league were both waived by their respective teams.

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs waived James Gist (2004-08). Gist appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10.8 minutes. I never even got the chance to post a link to this interview with James Gist that came out earlier in the day on Tuesday.

Then on Wednesday, the New Orleans Hornets waived DJ Strawberry (2003-07). Strawberry played in four preseason games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game.

Monday, October 18, 2010

James Gist in Spurs Training Camp, But What Next?

Today in the "How did I miss that?" department, James Gist (2004-08) has been in training camp and playing preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs. However, people expect him to be cut at the end of preseason and head back to Europe, where there is interest in him from perennial Serbian powerhouse club Partizan Belgrade:
Partizan Belgrade is still looking to strengthen its [interior] and is interested in James Gist (2.03 m, 24), which was confirmed by Dragan Todorovic, the athletic director club.

American power forward [is] currently [in] the NBA preseason with the San Antonio Spurs but should be released later in the week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Landon Milbourne and Father Both Playing in Europe

Last month, we saw the announcement that Landon Milbourne (2006-10) would play for Boulogne in France this season.

But also announced this summer: Landon's father, Andre Foreman, signed this summer (translation) to play for Forssan Koripojat (usually called by their nickname, FoKoPo) in Finland. Foreman played basketball in college at D-III Salisbury University in Maryland, and has played around the world since then, including ten years in Finland, winning two Finnish championships and once being named Player of the Year in the Finnish league.

This could be the first time that a father and son are both playing in the European leagues at the same time. Or if not the first time, it's certainly a rare occurrence. From the story:
Milbourne recently arrived in France, where he will be playing professional basketball with S.O.M. Boulogne. His father, Andre Foreman, became the National Player of the Year, a Two Time All American and the All Time Leading Scorer in Division III History, all while Playing for Salisbury University, has signed to return to play for Finland.

This could very well be the first time in European Professional Basketball history that a father and son are playing at the same time. [...]

Milbourne's father, Foreman, will be headed to Finland to continue his career soon. He has played in Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden and Finland in the past. He has won two Finnish Championships and been named Player of the Year in Finland. The last two years he has spent back in the United States, following his son at the University of Maryland, training basketball players in the Washington area and directing the Andre Foreman Summer Slam Basketball Camps in Ocean Pines, Maryland.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Former Terps in Major League Baseball

A post over at Shell Games on the list of former Terps in this year's MLB playoffs got me wondering about how many Terps were in the Major Leagues this year. There were two in 2010: Justin Maxwell, a Center Fielder for the Nationals (.201 BA, 16 H, 15 R, 12 RBI in 67 games) and Brett Cecil, a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays (15-7, 4.22 ERA in 28 starts). Additionally, Kevin Hart is signed with the Pirates, but was out all season after shoulder surgery in May (the team says he should be ready to play again by spring training).

Maryland's baseball team site has a list of all the Terps who made it to the majors with stats updated through 2009. Notably, Ron Swodoba won a World Series with the Mets in 1969, Vic Keen won with the Cardinals in 1926, and Charlie Keller won in 1939 and 1941 with the Yankees (and played in two other World Series in 1940 and 1942), and was selected as an All-Star five times.

Here's a more comprehensive list of Terps in the Majors from that goes back further and has more names. The additional names seem to be players who only played in a small handful of games at the major league level. (Also, this list incorrectly shows several players as Hall of Famers; I double checked, and none of them are in Cooperstown.)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

DJ Strawberry Blazes His Own Trail

In a story from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, DJ Strawberry (2002-06) talks about blazing his own trail in the world and trying to get back into the NBA this season after playing in Europe, fighting an injury, and making a comeback in first the NBA D-League last spring, then the NBA Summer League with the Lakers, and now training camp with the New Orleans Hornets. Excerpt:
Following stops with the Suns and in 2008-09 with the Houston Rockets, Strawberry played 19 regular-season games in Italy and six games in the postseason Eurocup before a meniscus injury in his left knee ended his season. After microfracture surgery and rehabilitation, Strawberry played in 26 games for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League, then this past summer for the Lakers' summer league team, before joining the Hornets as a free agent just before the start of training camp.

"It's definitely hard work," he said. "It's competitive every day. You have to show it every day that you want it more than anybody else. And you just have to come in with the attitude that you belong here. I think I belong here. And I've just got to come out and show it every day and compete and do what the coaches ask me to do.

"I'm in a position where I could get back in the NBA. I've just got to make it happen and show everybody I can play. I'm blessed to come back from (the surgery). I view every day as a blessing, coming back and being able to play the game I love."
Of course, most of the story is the same story that we've all read before where a new city's sports section discovers, "Hey, he's Darryl Strawberry's son! Let's write a story about that!"

There's also an accompanying video interview with DJ, where he talks about how he can play point guard and shooting guard, his outlook on the Hornets roster, and how he came to love basketball instead of baseball.

(Via Testudo Times.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Bambale Osby Playing in Estonia

Bambale Osby (2006-08) has signed to play this season with TTU/Kalev in Tallinn, Estonia. TTU/Kalev plays in both the Estonian League and the Baltic Basketball League, and they have already won several early season games with Osby leading the team in scoring. From the team's press release (translation):
Yesterday, Tallinna Kalev offered a contract to 203cm tall American forward Bambale "Boom" Osby.

24 years of age and weighing 115 pounds with roots in the Congo, Bambale Osby played basketball at the University of Maryland in the U.S. They year after college, he played in Romania, but before the start of last season, he signed a contract with the German Bundesliga club, Phoenix Hagen. He left Germany due to his grandmother's death and a knee injury before the start of the season.

Boom then started the season with a short-season contract in Israel with the Ironi Ramat Gan team, replacing injured players. Osby then went on to Austria's Allianz Swans Gmunden (who finished as league finalists), and ended the season with BC Arges Pitesti of Romania.

In Romania, Osby played seven games, collecting an average of 12.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot per game.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Chris Wilcox Playing a Bigger Role

Chris Wilcox (2000-02) may not be a starter in Detroit this season, but he should play a bigger role on the team this season, according to this story in the Detroit News (excerpt):
The Pistons lack of quality big men was a chief concern heading into training camp, but instead of waiting on the other shoe to fall, the forgotten men are making the best of their opportunities.

Yes, the Pistons are pacing 36-year old Ben Wallace, but Chris Wilcox is staking a claim to be in the regular rotation. Team officials have been raving about his performance and "chippy" was the word coach John Kuester used to describe Sunday's practice.

In Saturday's open practice, Wilcox was with the first team, alongside Jonas Jerebko, Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. Most expect Wallace to start, but it was no coincidence Wilcox was with the first group. He hit a couple turnaround jumpers in the post, and even took a rebound end-to-end for a layup.

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Blog Discovers Web 2.0

Up until now, you have been enjoying up-to-the-minute news about former Maryland basketball players here on this blog. Or, in some case, 3 month old stories from poorly translated European newspapers that I just now found through Google. OK, maybe more of the latter... I don't really do "up-to-the-minute". But today, I have discovered Web 2.0. Social Media. What the kids today are doing on the Interweb tubes. Or something like that. At any rate, I'm bringing you more ways to follow the blog, in case you're having trouble remembering to stop by this website to keep up with my frenetic pace of nearly 4 or 5 posts a month.

You can now follow this blog on Twitter: @MDBballWATN. It will mostly be automatically-generated links to the blog posts plus the occasional tweet of interesting nuggets too small to warrant their own blog story. At least until I get bored of that.

The Twitter feed is also rebroadcast through Google Buzz. Any Google Buzz users out there? (*crickets chirping*) That's what I thought. Anyway, it was simple to set-up, so it's there for you if you want it.

And finally, I've set up a Facebook page to also mirror the content, if that's your Internet drug of choice. Again, it's just a rebroadcast of the blog, but hopefully it will be a convenience to some of you, or if nothing else, a place to publicly declare your allegiance to the blog (and then you can hide us from your feed if you want after telling all your friends that you "like" us).

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Steve Blake Mastering the Triangle Offense

It's early in NBA training camp, but Los Angeles Lakers coaches and players are impressed with Steve Blake's understanding of the triangle offense already. From the LA Times (via Gary Williams' Twitter feed):
Lakers fans may hold Artest in high esteem now for his 2010 NBA Finals' Game 7 heroics and lovable nature, but they also painfully remember Artest trying to figure out the triangle even well into the postseason. They witnessed his questionable shot selection, confusion over where he should move on the floor and transition in becoming a secondary offensive option. Compare that with Blake, and you have the Zen Master praising his understanding, Kobe Bryant crediting his basketball IQ and Blake, himself, sharing his extra off-season work.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DJ Strawberry Signs with Hornets

DJ Strawberry (2003-07) is, at least temporarily, back in the NBA. Strawberry has signed a contract to play for the New Orleans Hornets. It's likely a partially guaranteed contract, meaning that he'll participate in the Hornets' training camp, but the contract only becomes guaranteed if he makes the opening day roster. The Hornets now have 14 players signed for training camp to compete for 12 active roster spots.

Ridiculous Upside thinks that DJ already had a good reputation as a defensive stopper, but he likely helped his chances of getting back to the NBA by playing back-up point guard in the D-League last season (and averaging 5.5 assists off the bench), showing that he can play both guard positions at the professional level.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vasquez and Memphis Finally End Contract Stalemate

Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) and the Memphis Grizzlies have finally ended their summer-long contract stalemate, with Vasquez signing a deal that could earn him 120% of the league's pay scale for his draft position if he earns all the bonuses available in his contract. The Grizzlies had also been playing contract hardball this summer with their other first round pick, Xavier Henry, but as Testudo Times points out, Vasquez played in the summer league without a contract and stayed quiet in the media about the issue.

If you want to go back in time and follow the contract saga, Testudo Times followed the story this summer, and found stories about Vasquez and the Grizzlies here (8/1), here (9/3) and here (9/5). Also, don't miss this Venezuelan Rap Group's anthem for Greivis.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Landon Milbourne Will Play in France

Landon Milbourne will play in France next year, signing with S.O.M. Boulogne of the French Pro B league. Boulonge is moving up from the amateur French NM1 league to the Pro B league this season after winning the NM1 championship playoffs last season. Pro B is the second division of France's national basketball league, the LNB.

The team's press release (translation, which I have heavily edited for clarity below) cites a lot of positives in Landon's playing style and abilities:

An athletic player, Landon Milbourne was regarded as one of the toughest players in the NCAA last year in the USA. He fights for every loose ball to the last minute of each game. He was an undisputed leader to his teammates at the University of Maryland, both during the game and in the locker room. Originally a wing, he has also developed undeniable effective skills for the power forward position. His versatility to play multiple positions at a high-level opens many opportunities for offensive-minded head coach, Germain Castano. He is also a strong one-on-one defender.

Finally, he is a strong finisher in transition, capable of attacking the hoop without fear; he should ignite the fans with his spectacular dunks when the game allows him more freedom.

But he's a player who puts his team first, who puts all his talent and his enormous physical potential into winning games.

The University of Maryland is known as a launching pad for successful careers. With this recruitment, SOMBES has an exceptional player, which should please the fans. This recruitment completes long-term work on the part of team leaders to put our club in the best possible position to win in our first year in Pro B.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Joe Smith Signs with Nets

Joe Smith (1993-95) has signed to play for the New Jersey Nets next season. The Nets will be his 11th team in 15 seasons in the NBA. Here's the Nets' press release (excerpt):
The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Joe Smith, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Smith, 6’10”/225, is a 15-year NBA veteran with career averages of 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 1,014 games with Golden State, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver, Cleveland, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Atlanta.
The New York Post says it's a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Terps in the NFL for the 2010 Season

Covering former Terp football players isn't really my specialty, but I'm more than happy to point out when someone else has gone to the trouble of doing that work for you. Patrick Stevens over at D1scourse put together a full list of Terps in the NFL to start the 2010 season (and those who got cut this weekend). 26 Terps made opening week rosters this season.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Langhorne Left Out of Team USA Pool

With the FIBA world championships for both men's and women's basketball right around the corner, columnist Mechelle Voepel blasts Team USA and its coach, UConn's Geno Auriemma, for leaving Crystal Langhorne (2004-08) out of the national team pool this week. How did that happen? It's a very long story, but here's a short excerpt:
In July, USA Basketball had to submit to FIBA a list of potential players for the world championship. And from what I was told by USA Basketball, Langhorne's name wasn't on the list then. Thus, she couldn't have been added this week.

If that's the case, it seems like somebody was asleep at the switch. Was Langhorne's name left off the list in July because there wasn't a timely recognition of how well she was playing?

If so, how did that happen? She was the WNBA's most improved player last season, so there was every reason to keep a close eye on her this summer. As of June 30, Langhorne was averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, and WNBA followers were already talking about her as a potential MVP candidate. It would have been hard to have missed her progress.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jamar Smith to Play in France

Jamar Smith (2002-04) has signed a deal to play for Entente Orleans of the French ProA league. From the team's press release (translation):
Entente Orleans Loiret is pleased to announce the arrival of Jamar Smith (2m06, 29, forward) for the next season.

Born December 5, 1980 in Sicklerville, New Jersey, Jamar Smith completed 2 academic years with the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC league. He won the ACC tournament in his 2nd season and was selected for the all-tournament team. After passing through Israel (Maccabi Haifa) and Greece (on Ionikos NFI), he joined the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League where he was named to the D-League second team in 2006. After working a year in Japan, Jamar joined the Lega Duo in Italy, where he accumulated good European experience, making it to the league semi-finals twice with Junior Fastweb Casale Monferrato and Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (13.4 52% points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1 assist last year).

This versatile interior player can both play the post position (power forward) and center, and has great athletic ability with very good verticality and speed. His tendency to play facing the basket and his very nice touch of the ball also allow him to attack the rim with ease.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ekene Ibekwe Signs in Germany

Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) will play for the Artland Dragons of Quakenbrück, Germany. Here's an excerpt team's press release (translation):
The Artland Dragons have a commitment from Ekenechukwu Ibekwe. The 25-year-old American with a Nigerian passport comes to Quakenbrück from the Turkish TBL2 team Genc Banvitliler and received a one-year contract. "Ekene is an exceptional athlete, a good rebounder and shot blocker. He will be an asset to the Dragons," said Dragons Head Coach Stefan Koch. "He is similar to [teammate] Tyrese Rice. His quality of play will help us now, but his development is still ongoing."
The Artland Dragons play in the Bundesliga, the top professional league in Germany, and finished tied for 8th place last season but missed out on the play-offs on the tie-breaker. Long-time readers of this blog may remember that Nik Caner-Medley also played for the Dragons back in 2007.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Eric Hayes to Play in Spain

Eric Hayes (2006-10) will play next season in Spain's LEB Gold division (the 2nd highest league in Spain) for El Leche Río Breogán (El Leche Rio, or Milk River, is the team's corporate sponsor). Here's an excerpt from the team's press release (translation):
American guard Eric Hayes, educated at the University of Maryland (NCAA), has joined the Milk River Breogán team for the 2010-11 season. The player had two spectacular seasons averaging 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, respectively, and last season shot 45.4% on 3-pointers and helped Maryland reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA. Hayes was invited by Washington Wizards for a workout this summer.
Does anybody else remember reaching the NCAA quarterfinals this season? Me neither. Maybe it's a mistranslation?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Buck Williams is a New Assistant Coach for the Trailblazers

Portland Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan has hired Terp alum Buck Williams (1978-81) as as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. From the team's press release:
Williams, who needs no introduction to Trail Blazers fans, was the team’s power forward from 1989-96 and helped lead Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 as Western Conference Champions. Williams, 50, is the team’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (55.0%), ranks fourth in rebounds (4,861), seventh in games played (557) and ninth in minutes played (17,130). A hard-nosed, physical player, Williams’ streak of 196 consecutive games played is the third longest in franchise history.

One of nine players in NBA history to amass 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds, the three-time All-Star and 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year also played for New Jersey and New York during his 17-year NBA career.

Local paper, the Gresham Outlook, says Williams belongs there, despite his history with Coach McMillan:
As players, Williams and McMillan battled for seven seasons in the Northwest – Williams for the Blazers, McMillan for the rival Seattle SuperSonics. They shared a warrior mentality and a home state. Williams is from Rocky Mount, N.C., 56 miles from Raleigh, McMillan’s hometown and where he played his college ball at North Carolina State.

“I’ve kidded him so much about how often Maryland has whipped N.C. State, I can’t believe he actually hired me,” Williams says with a laugh.

(Via Testudo Times)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Lonny Baxter Signs in Russia

Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) has signed a new deal with Enisey Krasnoyarsk of the Russian Superleague. From the team's press release (translation):
Enisey added to its team with a forward from the U.S. The Krasnoyarsk team signed a one-year contract with Lonnie Baxter. Last season, the player was with Besiktas of the Turkish league, but left in April 2010 because of their financial situation. In the European Cup, Baxter played 8 games, scoring 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in an average of 23 minutes. In the Turkish championship, he was on the floor for 19 games, scoring 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27 and a half minutes. Baxter was also a member of the Turkish league's All-Star Team.
(via a long chain of links)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Juan Dixon Suspension Finalized: 1 Year Ban

Juan Dixon (1998-2002), who had been suspended indefinitely by FIBA for use of the steroid nandrolone back in February, has now been officially sentenced to a one-year ban (translation), retroactive to his positive test result on February 11, 2010. This means he will be eligible to play again on February 11, 2011.

The one year suspension is a disappointment, since speculation this spring was that the ban could be as short as 6 months, making him eligible to play again when leagues start up again this fall. However, the usual punishment for steroid use is a two year suspension, so FIBA may have recognized that this was a relatively minor offense. But with a one year ban, his former team, Unicaja, will not sign Juan before the start of the season, since February is too far away to await his contributions. Other teams will also probably be reluctant to sign Dixon before the 2010-11 season starts. So, we'll watch for Juan to be picked up by a team in need of a guard in late January or early February of next year.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tahj Holden Promoted to Assistant Coach at Monmouth

After serving as the Director of Basketball Operations at Monmouth University since 2008, Tahj Holden (1999-2003) has been promoted to Assistant Coach. Holden will be heavily involved in game preparation and recruiting, according to the Asbury Park Press (excerpt):
Holden, the Director of Basketball Operations for Monmouth the last two seasons, was recently moved from that limited position to full time assistant and recruiter as part of the revamping of head coach Dave Calloway’s staff.

"Being out on the road recruiting, the time and effort that takes, is a lot different than anything I’ve done as Director of Basketball Operations," Holden said. [...]

Holden said he hopes his NCAA championship pedigree will make an impression on recruits.

"But some of these kids we’re recruiting weren’t even paying attention to basketball at that point," Holden said. "They were seven eight, years old."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Andre Collins Signs In Italy

Andre Collins (2001-04) will continue playing in Italy another year, but will switch teams next season. Andre's new new Serie A team, Scavolini Pesaro (a.k.a., La Vuelle), released a press release (translation) that simply says:
ANDRE COLLINS, 183 cm. Born in Crisfield (USA) August 9, 1982, last season with Virtus Bologna. 1 +1 contract. Career in Italy: Ferrara Carife (2006.2008), Virtus Bologna (2009-2010).
I assume the 1+1 contract means a 1 year contract an option for a second year.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crystal Langhorne Perseveres

Today in the Washington Post, Mike Wise writes about WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month Crystal Langhorne (2004-08), and how she is thriving this season after getting off to a rocky start in the WNBA a few seasons ago:
"One of the first games I coached her, I remember her coming up to me and saying, 'Thanks for not taking me out of the game,' " recalled Julie Plank, the Mystics' second-year coach. "I said, 'What?' She said, 'Thanks for not taking me out of the game.' I couldn't believe it. I said, 'Lang, you're not coming out of the game.' " [...]

If the Mystics without Alana Beard, sidelined for the season after surgery to repair a tendon in her left ankle, have been a summer surprise, so too has the continued emergence of Langhorne as a bona fide force in the post -- the former Terrapin not named Kristi Toliver or Marissa Coleman (her Mystics teammate) who one moment was sent back to the bench by former coach Tree Rollins and now is fresh off her first appearance in a WNBA all-star game.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Final Summer League Wrap-Up

Testudo Times has a detailed NBA Summer League Wrap-Up. Vasquez and Strawberry impressed, Caner-Medley and Gist impressed until they injured their respective hand and wrist, Milbourne and McCray were underwhelming, Hayes got cut before any games were played, and Ibekwe was somewhere in the middle.

Now the wait begins to find out who gets invited back for training camp. We know Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) will be in Memphis's training camp, because as a first round draft pick, he has a guaranteed contract. DJ Strawberry's (2003-07) agent thinks he has a good shot at playing for the Lakers. Did Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) do enough to make a team? Will anyone take a chance with Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) or James Gist (2004-08) after their injuries heal? Will Landon Milbourne (2006-10), Eric Hayes (2006-10), and Chris McCray (2002-06) land in the D-League? Stay tuned to this blog for the answers as they unfold!

(Update, 7/20: Shell Games provides a mediocre assessment.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Steve Francis Wants to Play in China

Steve Francis (1998-99), last seen injured, traded to Memphis, and then waived in January 2009 and handing out Turkeys in Silver Spring last Thanksgiving, says he is fit to play again, and told China's Xinhua News that he wants to play in China next. Apparently he has a fan base in China as a result of being Yao Ming's teammate in Houston for many years:
Three-time All-Star and former Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis said on Wednesday that he hopes to play basketball in China if the condition is right.

Francis, who is loved and remembered by many Chinese fans as a superb basketball player and the "big brother" to Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, said in an interview with Xinhua that he loves China and his Chinese fans.

The 33-year-old, once known as "Franchise" as the cornerstone of the Rockets', said he cannot afford to sit on the bench while he can play.

He has recovered from the injuries that had plagued the late years of his basketball career and can return to the basketball court, he said.

"I will play in China if the money is good," he said. "Coaching is also an option."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Chris Wilcox's Charity Golf Tournament

Chris Wilcox (2000-02) (still playing for the Detroit Pistons) hosted a charity golf tournament in South Carolina last weekend. The tournament in Myrtle Beach, now in its second year, raises money for Lupus research.
For Wilcox, the search to find a cure for Lupus is a personal one—he lost two of his aunts after their respective battles with Lupus and his sister currently suffers from it, according to the release.

“Right now there is no cure, or known cause for Lupus and 90 percent of those affected are women,” Wilcox said through the release.

“After losing my aunts and seeing how my sister is affected by it, finding a cure for Lupus has become a personal crusade for me. I hope the Myrtle Beach community will come out to support this event and have some fun for a good cause,” Wilcox said through the release.
(Via Testudo Times)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Summer League Updates

If you're interested in following the Terps in the NBA Vegas Summer League, Testudo Times has been covering all the action.

Two important updates on rosters: Chris McCray (2002-06) was a late addition to the Memphis Grizzlies summer roster, where he is playing with Greivis Vasquez. Also, Eric Hayes (2006-10) was dropped from the Washington Wizards roster at the last minute.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Caner-Medley, Strawberry Join NBA Summer League

Two more Terps are now on NBA Summer League Rosters, joining Vasquez, Gist, Ibekwe, Hayes, and Milbourne.

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) will play for the Los Angeles Clippers. Nik also played for the Clippers in 2009's summer league and impressed the team, but didn't make the cut. DJ Strawberry (2003-07) will play for the Los Angeles Lakers. DJ last played in the summer league for the Phoenix Suns in 2007 and 2008.

(Also, so you don't get confused looking at rosters, there is a Jamar Smith playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it's not our Jamar Smith (2002-04). It's the Jamar Smith who went to Illinois a few years ago.)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Crystal Langhorne Named to WNBA All-Star Team

Crystal Langhorne (2004-08) has been named to the WNBA All-Star Team. From the Washington Post story on her accomplishment:
Washington Mystics forward Crystal Langhorne was named to the WNBA all-star team Tuesday after emerging as one of the league's most consistent post players through the first half of the season. In 17 games, Langhorne has averaged a team-high 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. [...]

After winning the WNBA's most improved player award in 2009, Langhorne continued to up the ante in 2010 becoming a more efficient shooter (59.2 percent) from a plethora of ranges and a more aggressive rebounder. Her reliable nature remains one of the biggest reasons why the Mystics enter the all-star break at 12-5 and in second place in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm just going out there to enjoy myself and enjoy the experience," Langhorne said. "I know it's going to be the best players in the entire WNBA. Considering the way I started out in the league and the changes that have happened, to a point I guess it is a little surreal to be going."

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Steve Blake to Sign with LA Lakers

Steve Blake (1999-2003) has a deal in place to sign a 4 year, $16 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.  Free agents cannot officially sign until next week.  The Lakers will sign Blake as insurance in case Derrick Fisher leaves their team as a free agent.

From the LA Times story:
Blake, 30, made $4.25 million last season with the Clippers and Portland. He has averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 39.3% from three-point range in a seven-year career with Washington, Portland, Denver, Milwaukee and the Clippers.
The Lakers can't comment on the agreement, nor can Blake officially sign with them, until the free-agent moratorium ends next Thursday.

"He's a solid defender on the ball and has an 'Ultimate Fighter' mentality," an NBA personnel scout said. "He enjoys making an assist more than scoring. He does nothing fancy or with flavor, but rather is solid and dependable. He's a serious threat against a zone to shoot it on ball reversal. He's a deadly corner three-point shooter when he has his feet set. He has a strong basketball IQ.

"He has also been a thorn in [ Kobe Bryant's] side when he played against the Trail Blazers."
(Update: the next question is, could Blake be the starter?)

Monday, June 28, 2010

NBA Summer League Rosters Taking Shape

Now that the NBA draft is over, teams are starting to put together their summer league rosters. While most teams have not announced a final roster yet, several former Terps have already been picked to play.

Obviously, Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) will play for his new team, the Memphis Grizzlies, who picked him 28th overall in last week's draft. Also, James Gist (2004-08) is playing for the San Antonio Spurs again. The Spurs drafted Gist in 2008 in the second round, but he has never made their roster and has spent the past two seasons playing in Italy and Russia. Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) will play for the Portland Trailblazers. (Via Ridiculous Upside.)

Vasquez's two fellow seniors from this season also have found summer league teams. Eric Hayes (2006-10) will be playing for the Washington Wizards (along with undrafted ex-Duke guard, ACC Player of the Year runner-up, and all-around funny face guy, Jon Scheyer). Landon Milbourne (2006-10) will be playing for the Atlanta Hawks. (Via Testudo Times and Gary Williams's Twitter feed.)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Parrish Brown Playing in Marietta, GA

Parrish Brown (2005-07) is now playing for the Marietta Storm of the World Basketball Association. The WBA plays its season May-July with teams in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. The league's intent is to give players with less than 5 years of pro experience exposure to scouts from the NBA, NBDL, and international leagues.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wilcox Staying with Pistons

Chris Wilcox (2000-02) has exercised the player option in his contract to stay with the Detroit Pistons for next season. The Detroit News has the story:
Pistons forward/center Chris Wilcox has exercised his player option for next season.

Wilcox, 27, will earn $3 million next season. Signed as a free agent last summer, Wilcox averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 34 games last season.

Wilcox provides depth in the frontcourt, but he could prove valuable this summer in a trade package if matching salaries don't correspond.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Juan Dixon Could Be Ruled Eligible to Play Again Next Season

The Malaga, Spain, newspaper Sur reports that Juan Dixon (1998-2002) might be ruled eligible (translation) again by FIBA in time for next season. FIBA is expected to announce its ruling within the next week.

To summarize the story: while playing for Aris in Greece last fall, Dixon was given a drug test by the Greek Anti-Doping Agency. That agency completed its tests and announced a positive result for nandrolone in February, but by then, Dixon had switched teams to play for Unicaja Malaga in Spain. Juan was suspended indefinitely, pending further investigation. Normally, punishment for a positive steroid test would be a 2-year suspension by FIBA, but there are mitigating circumstances in Dixon's case. Nandrolone is found in some vitamin supplements and is legal in the US (though banned by the NBA); Dixon's lawyers contend that he took the supplement before signing in Greece. Also, the level of nandrolone in Dixon's system was so minimal that a second sample had to be sent to another laboratory in Germany to be confirmed because the Greek lab was uncertain about the result. This lends support to the claim that Dixon accidentally ingested small amounts of the steroid in a supplement without realizing it. Because of these factors, some sources are saying that Dixon's suspension might be only 3-6 months, and he has already served 5 months at this point. If he is available next season, Unicaja has expressed an interest in resigning him, as he was averaging nearly 19 points per game for them in ACB league games before the suspension.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Morris and Barcelona Runners-Up for Spanish Title

After winning this year's Euroleague, the biggest basketball tournament in Europe, most people presumed that Terence Morris's (1997-2001) team, Regal Barcelona, would easily waltz to victory in the Spanish ACB Championship as well. But not only were they upset by Caja Laboral, Barca got swept 3-0 in the best-of-five championship series. In the final game, Morris scored the tying basket and then blocked Caja's final shot to force overtime. But at the end of OT, Morris tried to block a last second, game-tying basket again, but missed and fouled the shooter, who converted the three point play to end the series. The BallinEurope blog reacts to the unthinkable and has video highlights.

Regardless of the disappointment of the last game of the season, Slam Online says that Terence Morris was Barca's unselfish leader this season and a big key to their Euroleague title. (via Testudo Times)
“Thing that’s crazy is every year I have played in Europe I’ve played in the finals,” said Morris following a Euroleague Quarterfinals game against Real Madrid. “Maybe this year could be a highlight year for me.” [...]

As a veteran Morris leads by example doing all of the little things on the court. His hustle for loose balls on both ends, ability to run the floor, willingness to make the extra pass, and movement without the ball has made him one of the best wing players in European basketball. [...]

Terence Morris plays the game with a selflessness that has helped to prolong his career while also winning wherever he has gone. He is proof that making the extra pass consistently helps everybody to reach their goals.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

World Cup Interlude

While we, of course, are focused on the Spanish ACB finals, involving Terence Morris and Regal Barcelona, apparently some people out there are interested in soccer this month.

Well, good news: there are two former Terp soccer players for you to cheer for on the US team: midfielder Maurice Edu (#19) (2004-05) and defender Clarence Goodson (#21) (2000-03).

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Nicholas & Jasikevicius Win Greek Championship

Drew Nicholas (1999-2003), Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98), and their team, Panathinaikos BC, won the Greek League Championship 3 games to 1 in a best-of-5 series against arch-rivals Olympaikos. This was Panathinaikos's eighth straight Greek championship.

But the above-linked FIBA game summary misses the real story of the night: the fan violence at Olympaikos's home arena. The game was called with 1:03 left in the 4th quarter after unruly fans caused several delays of the game (including throwing flares and firecrackers at the Panathinaikos bench). The BallinEurope blog has videos and commentary on the crazy ending to the championship series. Drew Nicholas scored the last points of the game before the referees called the game and awarded Panathinaikos the game 4 win by forfeit.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Terps in the WNBA for 2010

As the WNBA season begins, three former Terrapin Women's players are playing in the league this summer: Marissa Coleman and Crystal Langhorne are both playing for the Washington Mystics again, and Kristi Toliver is with the Los Angeles Sparks this year (after playing for Chicago last year).

Thursday, June 03, 2010

2009-2010 Terps Overseas Wrap-Up

This season, former Terps played pro basketball in Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria, Romania, Israel, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia, and the Ukraine. Below, you'll find a brief summary of how they (and their teams) did this season, with links to their stats from Eurobasket.

Lonny Baxter played for Besiktas Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League. Lonny averaged 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in league play (stats). Besiktas finished in 4th place in the TBL and made it to the semi-finals of the TBL playoffs. They also competed in the Eurocup tournament, but finished in 3rd place in their opening round group and did not advance.

Andre Collins played for Canadian Solar Bologna of the Italian SerieA league. Andre averaged 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game (stats). CS Bologna finished in 5th place in SerieA's regular season, but lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs.

Nik Caner-Medley played for Estudiantes Madrid of the Spanish ACB league. Nik averaged 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game (stats). Estudiantes finished in 7th place in the ACB and lost in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

Juan Dixon left the NBA and headed to Europe this season. He started in Greece, playing for Aris Thessaloniki, where he averaged 12.5 points in 11 games in the Greek League and the Eurocup. In January, he left to play for the ACB's Unicaja Malaga. But Juan's season was cut short in February after testing positive on a drug test for using a banned supplement. In 7 games with Unicaja, Juan averaged 16.1 points per game (stats). Unicaja finished in 5th place in the ACB and lost in the semi-finals of the ACB playoffs. They also made it to the Top 16 of the Euroleague tournament, but finished in 3rd place in their round-robin group (Juan only played in the first 3 games of that round before his suspension). Aris ended up #7 in the Greek league and lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs and also made it to the quarter-finals of the Eurocup.

Rodney Elliott played for Paris-Levallois of the French LNB Pro A league. Rodney averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30 games (stats). Paris finished in 7th place in the regular season, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the playoffs.

Travis Garrison started the season with Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale in Turkey's TB2L, and finished for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny of the Ukranian Superleague. Travis averaged 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 10 games for Khimik, and 21.1 points and 10.2 rebounds with Pamukkale (stats). Khimik finished 10th in their league and missed the playoffs, while Pamukkale finished 11th in the TBL B Division.

John Gilchrist played for the Australian NBL's Adelaide 36ers. John averaged 16.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the team (stats). The 36ers finished a disappointing 8th (last) place in the league and missed the playoffs.

James Gist played for Locomotiv Kuban of the Russian Superleague. James averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17 league games, and 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds in the teams Eurochallenge tournament games (stats). Kuban finished in first place in the Superleague's A2 division, but lost in the first round of the playoffs, and was eliminated in the opening round of the Eurochallenge tournament.

Ekene Ibekwe played for Genc Banvitliler of the Turkish TB2L (2nd division league). Ekene averaged 21.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game (stats) in 10 games. The team finished in 10th place in TB2L Group B, and did not make the playoffs.

Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Panathinaikos in the Greek A1 league, along with teammate Drew Nicholas. Sarunas averaged 8.3 points and 2.5 assists per game in the regular season, and 5.2 points and 2.5 assists in 6 Euroleague games (stats). Sarunas was injured in February and missed a large chunk of the season in both Greek league play and Euroleague games. Panathinaikos made it to the Euroleague Top 16, but finished 3rd in their group and did not advance. Panathinaikos finished the regular season in 1st place in the Greek league and is currently still playing in the Finals of their playoffs. (Update: Panathinaikos Wins Greek Championship!)

Mike Jones spent the winter with two teams in Argentina, starting out with 7 games for Penarol Mar del Plata, and finishing with 11 games for Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia. Overall, Mike averaged 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists for the two teams (stats). Gimnasia finished in 13th place in the regular season and missed the playoffs, while Penarol went on to finish in 1st and win the national championship without Jones.

Terence Morris played for Regal FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB league. Terence averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in the ACB and 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 20 Euroleague games (stats). Regal Barca won the Euroleague championship, finished the regular season in 1st place in the ACB, and is currently still playing in the Finals of the ACB playoffs. (Update: Regal Barca runners-up for Spanish Championship.)

Dave Neal played for the Ulster Elks of the Irish Superleague. Dave averaged 19.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.1 steals (stats). Ulster finished in 4th place in the Superleague North division, but won the championship in the Ulster Premier League, a smaller league they also play in, and were runners-up in the College Varsity League. During the season, Dave blogged about his experiences playing in Northern Ireland.

Drew Nicholas played for Panathinaikos of the Greek A1 league, along with teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius. Drew averaged 9.6 points and 2.0 assists in Greek league play, and 10.9 points and 2.0 assists in 15 Euroleague games (stats). Panathinaikos made it to the Euroleague Top 16, but finished 3rd in their group and did not advance. Panathinaikos finished the regular season in 1st place in the Greek league and is currently still playing in the Finals of their playoffs. (Update: Panathinaikos Wins Greek Championship!)

Bambale Osby played for three teams this year, starting with Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Isreal, then Allianz Swans Gmunden in Austria, and finally finishing up the season with BC Arges Pitesti of Romania. His biggest success came in Romania, where he averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 7 games (stats). Pitesti finished 6th in the league and lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. Gmunden went on without Osby to finish 2nd place in the league regular season and win the Austrian championship. Ramat Gan finished in 11th place in the Israeli league and missed the playoffs.

Laron Profit played for Libertad Sunchales of Argentina's LigaA. Laron averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in league games, and 14.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 6 South American Liga Sudamericana tournament (stats). Libertad finished 4th in the regular season, but were upset in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, and they lost the decisive final game of the Liga Sudamericana.

Ryan Randle played for MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket of the Swiss LNA league. Ryan averaged 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game (stats). MGS finished in last place in the league and missed the playoffs.

Jamar Smith played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia of the Italian Lega2. Jamar averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game (stats). Trenkwalder finished in 5th place in the regular season, but lost in the semi-finals of the Lega2 playoffs.

[Also, see: 2009-2010 Terps in the NBA, 2009-2010 Terps in the Minor Leagues]

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

2009-2010 Terps in the Minor Leagues Wrap-Up

Chris McCray averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League. Sioux Falls finished in 2nd place in the East Conference, good for the #4 seed overall in the playoffs. In Sioux Falls' first round playoff loss, Chris upped his game and averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.7 steals in 3 games. The Skyforce is the NBDL affiliate of the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

DJ Strawberry averaged 13.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game playing for the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. Reno finished 3rd in the West Conference, and earned the #6 seed overall for the playoffs. In a first round playoff loss, DJ tallied 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. The Bighorns are the NBDL affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic.

Byron Mouton averaged 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game for the Maryland Greenhawks of the Premier Basketball League. The Greenhawks finished a disappointing 3-17, last place in the league. After the season, Byron sat down and recapped the season on camera for the team's website.

[Also, see: 2009-2010 Terps in the NBA, 2009-2010 Terps Overseas]

Sunday, May 30, 2010

2009-2010 Terps in the NBA Wrap-Up

Here's how Maryland's Alumni fared in the 2009-2010 NBA regular season. Click on the names for expanded stats from

Steve Blake--803827.
Joe SmithATL6419.
Chris WilcoxDET341013.

In the playoffs, Joe Smith and Atlanta made it to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, losing to Orlando.  Smith did not score in the 5 games he played in, averaging just under 5 minutes per game.  Smith played in his 1000th NBA game this March.  Chris Wilcox briefly became a starter in Detroit before injuring his back in February, and did not play again.  Smith and Wilcox both had seasons statistically below their career averages, as both were asked to be more of a veteran presence in limited minutes off the bench for their teams.  Steve Blake was traded mid-season from Portland to the LA Clippers, but didn't see any real increase or decrease in productivity after the trade. He had stats about the same as his career averages, despite having to share the starting role on both of his teams this year.

[Also, see: 2009-2010 Terps in the Minor Leagues, 2009-2010 Terps Overseas]

Monday, May 17, 2010

Travis Garrison Playing in Ukraine

I couldn't find information about him this past season, but it turns out Travis Garrison (2002-06) has been playing for Khimik -OPZ Yuzny of the Ukrainian Superleague. He signed back in February. Khimik finished in 10th place in the league and missed the playoffs.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Terence Morris and Regal FCB Win 2010 Euroleague Title

This weekend in Paris, France, Terence Morris (1997-2001) and his team, Regal FC Barcelona, won the 2010 Euroleague Championship. In their semifinal matchup, FCB dispatched Morris's former team and last year's runner-up, CSKA Moscow, by a score of 64-54. Morris started the game, but scored only 2 points and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes. In the finals, FCB defeated Olympaicos 86-68. Morris scored 8 points and had 2 blocks in 19 minutes off the bench. For the entire Euroleague tournament, Morris averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1 block per game. He shot an amazing 82.5% of his 2-pointers, 41.5% of his 3-pointers, and 81% from the free throw line. He played in 21 games, started 11, and averaged around 20 minutes per game.

Here is a video of Terence Morris (#23 in red and blue) making the Block of the Night in the championship game. And here is a video of his post-game interview. (I'd embed these videos here for you, but there's no way to stop Euroleague's video plug-in from auto-playing both videos at once.)

Also, according to the Euroleague:
Apart from being a new Euroleague winner, Morris has become the first player in Euroleague history to play three consecutive finals with as many teams. Morris reached the 2008 Euroleague final with Maccabi, returned with CSKA last season and finally won it with Barcelona in 2010.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Two Recent News Items: Elmore & Nared

Two news items caught my attention this week:

Len Elmore (1970-74) will take over as CEO of iHoops, a program initiated by the NBA and NCAA to create basketball opportunities for America's youth.

Greg Nared (1985-89) has been hired by the University of Washington as an assistant coach for their women's basketball team.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Terence Morris in the Euroleague Final Four

Terence Morris (1997-2001) and his team, Regal FCBarcelona, defeated Spanish rivals Real Madrid 3 games to 1 in a best-of-5 series to advance to the Euroleague Final Four. Morris was injured early in game 1, did not play in game 2, but came back to play in games 3 and 4, scoring 11 points and grabbing 2 rebounds in the two full games he played in.

This is Regal FCBarcelona's second consecutive Final Four, and their 11th overall (a record for most appearances since the tournament format was adopted in 1988). Up next for Barcelona: Morris's team from last year, and last year's Euroleague runner-up, CSKA Moscow. The Final Four is single elimination, with the semifinals on May 7th and the finals on May 9th in Paris, France.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More on Byron Mouton

Byron Mouton (2000-02) week continues today, as The Diamondback runs an article about Byron, primarily focusing on his new AAU team, the 6th Man Warriors, and his play for the Maryland Greenhawks.  An excerpt:

It’s been two years since Mouton decided to focus his basketball efforts on the development side of the game. At the time, Mouton says he still had offers to play overseas, but the money was no longer good enough to make it worthwhile.

Instead, he’s focused his attention on the Maryland-Washington, D.C.-area, where there’s still enough name recognition from his Terp success to make him a viable brand.

In September, Mouton launched his first AAU team. The program has already expanded to include eight teams. One of his next goals is opening a multi-sport training center within two years with an eye on becoming one of the top AAU outfits on the East Coast.

Part of that plan to strengthen his business, reach kids and help build local basketball is his affiliation with the Greenhawks, who play in the Premier Basketball League — a nine-team minor league that includes squads in Canada and Puerto Rico.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Byron Mouton's March Memories

The Washington Post's Terrapins Insider blog has a video interview with Byron Mouton (2000-02) up today in which Byron talks about his memories of the NCAA championship, his life as a player for the Maryland Greenhawks, his business, 6th Man Skill Development, his AAU teams, and all the other camps, after-school programs, and rec leagues he participates in.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

D.J. Strawberry playing for Reno in NBA D-League

While I wasn't looking back in January, D.J. Strawberry (2003-07) signed with the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. Here's the team's press release:
The 6-foot, 5-inch Strawberry was the 59th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He would go on to split the 2007-08 season between Phoenix and Albuquerque of the NBA D-League. He played in 34 games for the Suns that season, averaging 2.2 points and 0.9 assists.

Strawberry was later traded to Houston, though he never appeared in a game with the Rockets. His latest playing stint came in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna.

Strawberry enjoyed a standout career at the University of Maryland, finishing his senior season as a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the Terrapins.

The Bighorns are affiliated with the NBA's Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings. The only other ex-Terp playing in the D-League this season is Chris McCray, with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

On a related note, the Washington Post Magazine ran a cover story about the D-League last weekend. It focuses on former Virginia Tech star Deron Washington (who Terp fans will remember for this), but I think regular readers of this blog will be interested in the larger story about the lives and career paths of professional players in the D-League and overseas.