Sunday, December 30, 2012

Berend Weijs Playing in Amsterdam

After graduating last spring, Berend Weijs (2010-12) returned home to the Netherlands, where he was picked up by Dutch pro team BC Apollo Amsterdam. Weijs is having a fine season, averaging 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks in over 27 minutes per game for Apollo. The team, however, is currently 1-16 and stuck in last place in the Netherlands' top pro league, the "Eredivisie".

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sean Mosley Playing in Poland

Sean Mosley (2008-12) is now playing in Poland for Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Mosley is averaging 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists so far in nearly 30 minutes per game over 13 games so far this season. Kotwica is currently in 8th place out of 12 in the Polish TBL (the top pro league in that country) with a record of 4-9.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Terrell Stoglin Playing in Greece

Terrell Stoglin (2010-12) signed a deal to play for Ilysiakos Athens in Greece's top pro league last month. Here's a translation of the team's press release:
H KAE HLYSIAKOS announces the signing of Terrel Stoglin. The American guard signed a contract with Ilisiakos until the end of the season. Stoglin was born on March 11, 1991 and is 1.85m in height, playing the position of guard.

He graduated from the University of Maryland and in his final year (2001-12) he averaged 21.6 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds.

This is a great scorer, who can direct the game very well for his team.

The new American will arrive with Ilisiakos in Greece next Friday (Nov. 30) and after the match with Apollon Patras, will be made available by [head coach] George Zevgoli.
Either the team's public relations writer or Google Translate is confused about the translation of the word "graduated"; not sure which one is at fault.

So far, in two games, Stoglin is filling up the stat sheet with 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists as a starter playing 36 minutes per game. Ilysiakos is currently mired in last place in the league, having won their first game back in October and then losing the last 9 straight.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Terps in the Euroleague: 2012-2013

The Euroleague is an annual basketball event in Europe, in which the top pro teams from across the continent are invited to play in a huge tournament in addition to their regular national league schedules.

Here's the format of the competition: The season starts off with 24 teams, divided into four groups (Groups A-D), which play a home-and-home round robin with the top 4 teams in each group advancing. The next stage, the most exciting (or at least, the stage where I wake up and start paying attention), is the Top 16. This year, the top 16 teams are divided into two pools of 8 teams (Groups E-F), and will play a home-and-home round robin with the top 4 teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. (If you've been reading this blog for a long time, you may remember that in past years, the Top 16 round was 4 groups of 4 teams; this year they are trying a new format.) It all culminates with a Final Four, which will be held in London, May 10-12, this year.

The Top 16 stage starts today. There are always former Terps spread out among the Euroleague teams, and this year is no different.

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) is playing for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, which has been the dominant team in Israel for decades. In the ten game regular season (the opening round robin), Nik averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Maccabi went 8-2 and finished atop Group B to advance to Group F of the Top 16. Unfortunately, Caner-Medley will miss the next month of play with a thigh muscle injury.

Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) is playing for Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona Regal. Sarunas averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 assists in the first 10 games. FCB went 9-1 to finish in first in Group D and now also advances to Group F.

James Gist (2004-08) played the opening regular season round with Spanish team Unicaja Malaga, where he averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds to help Unicaja go 8-2 and finish in second place in Group B (surrendering first place to Maccabi on a tie-breaker). But, as I posted yesterday, prior to the start of the Top 16, Gist was traded to Panathinaikos Athens. PAO finished 6-4 and in third place in Group A, and will now advance to Group E in the Top 16 round.

Additionally, Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) played four games of the Euroleague season with CSKA Moscow, but left the team in November and will not compete in the Top 16, even though CSKA advanced to the Top 16 after going 9-1 finishing in second place in group D (losing the first place tie breaker to FCB Regal). Nicholas scored only 2 points in four games and saw his minutes decline sharply. Nicholas is currently a free agent.

The Top 16 round got underway today, and as in past years, I will keep you updated every few weeks about how our Terps are progressing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

James Gist Traded to Greece's Panathinaikos

It's rare for European teams to trade players mid-season, and even rarer that the two teams involved would be at the top echelons of the Euroleague. But last week, James Gist (2004-08) was traded from one Euroleague team to another, leaving Spain's Unicaja for perennial Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos. The two teams, incidentally, are in the same Euroleague Top 16 group.
Forward James Gist, a regular on Turkish Airlines Euroleague highlights, has joined Panathinaikos Athens in an exchange of players whose teams will face each other in the upcoming Top 16. Gist (2.06 meters, 26 years old) arrives to Panathinaikos from Unicaja Malaga, while forward Andy Panko heads in the opposite direction to Spain. Gist averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 10 regular season games in helping Unicaja finish second in its regular season group. Panathinaikos becomes his fourth Euroleague team since he debuted in the competition in 2010. [...]

This season, Gist had mostly come off the bench for Unicaja, but continued to thrill crowds with his dunks and blocks, being chosen for the weekly top plays on several occasions.

And here's a highlight reel of some of those many exciting dunks and blocks from Gist's pro career: