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 NBA.com.

TeamGGSMinPPGRPGAPG
Steve Blake--803827.07.32.34.8
POR512827.47.62.34.0
LAC291026.36.82.46.1
Joe SmithATL6419.33.02.50.3
Chris WilcoxDET341013.04.53.40.4


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.