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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sarunas Jasikevicius Makes Euroleague All-Decade Team

Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) was named to the Euroleague All Decade Team, honoring the ten best players in Euroleague competition in the 2000's:
His titles with Barcelona in 2003, Maccabi in 2004 and 2005 - the latter as Final Four MVP - and Panathinaikos in 2009 make Jasikevicius the decade's most-crowned player and the first ever to win with three different teams.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dave Neal Thriving in Ireland

The regular season is now over for Dave Neal (2005-09) and the Ulster Elks, and Dave had a great season and was named player of the month for February, when he averaged 27 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 5 games during the month.  The Elks finished the SuperLeague with a 5-13 record, but did win the Ulster Premier League and were runners-up in the College Varsity League, and still have two post-season tournaments to play coming up in April, according to the Elks news and Dave's blog.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Joe Smith Plays 1000th NBA Game

Joe Smith (1993-95) played in his 1000th career NBA game last week in an Atlanta Hawks win over the Nets, becoming the 93rd player in NBA history (and one of only 11 active players) to hit that milestone.

From the Hawks' website:
It took the 34-year-old Smith 14 seasons and 10 teams (he played twice with Philadelphia and Minnesota) to reach the milestone. Such longevity and perseverance are quite impressive — not to mention the 11,165 points, 6,524 rebounds, 26,822 minutes, and 4,307 field goals in 9,451 attempts that he's reached along the way.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Euroleague Update

The Euroleage Tournament marches on with Terence Morris (1997-2001) still in it, but the other teams with former Terps on it have all been eliminated.

Morris and Regal Barcelona went 5-1 to win their Top 16 group and move on to the quarterfinals, where they will face Real Madrid in a best-of-five series starting on Tuesday, March 23. Morris averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 6 games.

Panathiaikos, with Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) and Drew Nicholas (1999-2003), went 2-4 in the Top 16 and was eliminated. Jasikevicius averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists, but was limited by injury to only playing 3 games. Nicholas averaged 10.7 points and 2.3 assists in 6 games.

Before he was suspended for suspected steroid use, Juan Dixon (1998-2002) averaged 12.7 points and 2.3 rebounds through 3 games for Unicaja. But Unicaja went 2-4 in the round and was eliminated.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Matt Hahn and Dad Coaching in Buffalo Subregion Today

Today's Washington Post has a story about Matt Hahn (1996-2000) and his dad, former Terps assistant Billy Hahn, both coaching in the Buffalo subregion of the NCAA Tournament today: Matt is an assistant at Vermont, and Billy is an assistant at West Virginia.
Both West Virginia and Vermont reached the NCAA tournament. They could have gone to any of eight destinations, but they were both sent to Buffalo. They could have been timed to play back-to-back, which would have been taxing for [Billy's wife] Kathi, who becomes fatigued. Instead, the second-seeded Mountaineers play No. 15 Morgan State at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, while the 16th-seeded Catamounts face No. 1 seed Syracuse at 9:40 p.m.

Kathi and Ashley can both go to the same site, wear blue and gold at noon and green and gold in the evening. The Hahns can come together in the same place, united by basketball and family and second chances.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Boom Osby Goes Back to Romania

Bambale Osby (2006-08) has signed with his fourth team of the season, going back to Romania (where he played last year) to play for BC Argeş Piteşti. The team's press release (translation) says this contract is for the remainder of the season:
"Osby signed with us until the end of the season, with possibility of extension for another year." said Sorin Căprărescu, coach at BC Arges Pitesti.

In the current season Osby has moved between Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel and Austria at Allianz Swans Gmunden. Before the official start of the 2009/10 season, Osby had reached an agreement with Phoenix Hagen German team but canceled his contract with the team after the death of his grandmother.

In 2008/09 season, Osby played in 28 regular season and 3 playoff games: 2 in the Romanian Cup and 1 in the EuroChallenge. In the Romanian league, he averaged 11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks to go with 2.9 turnovers in 22.1 minutes per game.