Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ryan Randle in the UBL in Texas

Ryan Randle (2001-03) is now playing for the Metroplex Lightning of DeSoto, TX, in the minor league United Basketball League. (There's no specific story to link to, just search for his name on the team's web page and you'll find some game notes and a roster.) The UBL consists of 7 teams in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi, and they appear to play a short schedule of 4-6 games per team. The post-season starts this week, though Randle's new team, with a record of 1-3, did not make the playoffs.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Catching Up with Matt Hahn

Matt Hahn (1996-2000) has been an assistant coach for years, first working for his father, former Maryland Assistant Billy Hahn at LaSalle, then Vermont, and now Robert Morris.

This week, local news site Columbia Patch interviewed Hahn, who is from Columbia, MD, about the recent coaching changes at local schools, as well as his own career and aspirations. Here's a short excerpt from the story:
Hahn said, however, his goal is be a head coach at the Division I level.

"That is my long-term goal. I think that is why all of us who do this want to do," Hahn said. "Being an assistant is wonderful but we all one day want to see if we can do the job as a head coach."

"I feel I have prepared for it for a long time as a coaches’s kid. You never know when that opportunity may be. That is the goal," added Hahn, who said he talks nearly every day with his father, and sometimes they don’t even talk about basketball.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Drew Nicholas Wins Another Euroleague Title

Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) scored 14 points in the finale as his team, Panathinaikos from Athens, Greece, won the Euroleague Title with a 78-70 win over Israel's Maccabi Electra in Barcelona on Sunday. For the entire Euroleague season, Nicholas averaged 9.8 points on 44% shooting (42% from 3-point range).

Nicholas previously won the Euroleague championship with Panathinaikos in 2009, and is now the only player ever to win both an NCAA title and two Euroleague titles (three other players have won an NCAA title and one Euroleague title).

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Duane Simpkins Joins the Towson Coaching Staff

After spending the past few seasons turning the basketball program around at Washington DC's St. Alban's School, Duane Simpkins (1992-96) has been hired as the new Director of Basketball Operations at Towson University. Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun's story:
Duane Simpkins, who played point guard at Maryland from 1992 through 1995, will join Pat Skerry's new staff at Towson University as director of basketball operations.

"He's a bright guy, a young coach who is connected to the area," Skerry said Friday. "He'll be a good example for the guys of what it takes to be a successful student."

Simpkins had been head coach at St. Albans, an all-boys school in Washington, the past four years. He also coached two years at Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Greivis Vasquez Shines on the Big Stage

If you're following the NBA Playoffs this spring, you know that the #8 seed in the west, the Memphis Grizzlies, featuring back-up guard Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) just knocked out the #1 seeded San Antonio Spurs, and the Baltimore Sun's Toy Department blog writes about how Greivis played a big role off the bench in the series. Excerpt:
Barely on the radar during the regular season as a rookie -- playing a little more than 12 minutes a game and scoring in double figures only five times -- Vasquez played a significant role in Memphis' seismic upset of the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs.

In Game 4, Vasquez finished with nine points in 13 minutes, including seven in a 7-0 run in the second quarter to help the Grizzlies take control of what turned out to be a blowout win.

In Game 6, Vasquez had 11 points while playing 23 minutes because of Mike Conley's foul trouble. Vasquez didn't have a turnover, and his only assist resulted in a highlight reel dunk by Darrell Arthur.

Memphis Grizzlies blog 3 Shades of Blue wrote that Vasquez played with a lot of moxie coming off the bench early in game 6 and taking on the Spurs starters. (via Testudo Times) Excerpt:

[...] Not less than a minute into his stint on the court the kid does something: first he bravely pulls down a rebound, then rushes the ball up the court, when he gets to the top of the key, he hesitates, studyimg the contour of the defense, suddenly he drives straight for Tony Parker, floating a feathery runner right over top of him in the lane. The crowd roars. His step: now a little spryer than it was, was the response that the Grizzlies desperately needed, and the Spurs certainly did not expect.

Memphis is already up 1-0 on the Oklahoma Thunder in the Western Conference Semifinals, so The Grievis Show isn't over for this season yet.