Showing posts with label jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jones. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mike Jones Returns to Romania

After playing in South America and recovering from injury the last two seasons, Mike Jones (2003-07, Who?) will return to CSU Asesoft Ploesti in Romania this year. In 2009, Jones won the Romanian League championship with Ploesti. The team only has a brief news item (translation) on their website about Jones's return, but Romanian news site Prahova elaborates on Jones's return (translation):
Mike Jones, one of the most spectacular basketball players to wear the blue and white jersey, is back in Ploiesti. The 27 year old overseas player came to an agreement in Romania for one season, and says he is ready to help to rekindle Ploiesti's string of successes. [...]

Jones decided 2011 is the year of rebirth and relaunch for his career with Asesoft. That is why the American is in Ploiesti for a second term, giving the managers of CSU Ploiesti and their fans even more hope. The former University of Maryland star had a path with many ups and downs after leaving Asesoft in the summer of 2009. By then the winner of Romanian Championship Cup, Jones continued his career in Argentina first with Mar del Plata Penarol, a team that would eventually win the Argentinian championship. The second part of the 2009-2010 season found Jones in the jersey of Gimnasia Rivadavia, but then problems started.

Following a serious knee injury, the American took almost a year away from basketball, with his return to the court occurring in April 2011 following a late-season offer from Guaiqueries of Margarita of Venezuela. Mike Jones's return to CSU Asesoft occurs now that has received the favorable go-ahead from doctors to continue his career playing basketball overseas. [...]

Even under the circumstances, Jones is a versatile player, able to score with ease behind the arc, find the best open shots, and finish teammates' passes with a slam-dunk whenever he has the chance.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Former Terps 2010-11 Season Round-Up: International Edition

As we've been chronicling for the past two weeks, it was a season of many championships for former Terps playing overseas:
James Gist (2004-08) won the Serbian Championship.
Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) won the Turkish Championship.
Terence Morris (1997-2001) won the Spanish Championship.
Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) won the Greek Championship and his second Euroleage Championship.
Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) also had an All-Star season in Spain.

Now, here's a round-up of the rest of our Terps who played overseas this season:

DJ Strawberry (2003-07) joined Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius, Lithuania midway through the season. The team went 20-4, finished second in the regular season, and lost in the Lithuanian championship finals 4 games to 1 against rivals Zalgiris. Lietuvos also took the bronze in the regional Baltic Basketball League and advanced to the Top 16 round of the Euroleague tournament. In 31 games in Lithuania, DJ averaged 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Strawberry started the season with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 13.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 20 games.

Bambale Osby (2006-08) played in Tallinn, Estonia, for TTU/Kalev this season. TTU/Kalev finished 3rd in the Estonian regular season, going 25-7, and lost in the semi-finals of the league tournament. Osby averaged 16.4 points (6th in the league), 10.0 rebounds (4th in the league), and 1.2 blocks (4th in the league) in 38 games. Boom was a finalist in the league's slam dunk contest and the MVP of the league's All-Star game. In the regional Baltic League, TTU/Kalev went 6-16 and finished 11th. Osby led his team with 18.6 points and 12.0 rebounds in that league's 22 games. Here's an interview with Osby from the All Star game.

Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) played for BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk of the Russian PBL league. Enisey went 12-15 in the regular season and lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Baxter averaged 16.2 points (4th in the league) and 7.2 rebounds (3rd in the league) in 37 games, including two EuroChallenge qualifier games.

Juan Dixon (1998-2002), who had sat out a one year FIBA ban for steriod use, came back in March to play for Turkey's Banvit Kulubu. Banvit went 23-7 and finished 2nd in the regular season, but lost in the Turkish Basketball League semi-finals. Dixon averaged 8.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 14 games.

Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) played for three different teams this season. Ibekwe started off last fall with Germany's Artland Dragons, where he averaged 8.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in 14 games. Then in January, he was cut from the team and went to Israel, where he averaged 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 6 games for Ironi Ashkelon. Soon, he was back in Germany, finishing the season with BBC Bayreuth, where he averaged 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 15 games. Bayreuth finished 9-25, far out of the German Bundesliga playoffs.

Travis Garrison (2002-06) played for BC Khimik in the Ukraine. Garrison averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 32 games for Khimik, which went 16-32 and missed the playoffs. Khimik also played in the opening round robin of the EuroChallenge tournament, where Garrison averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 6 games.

Eric Hayes (2006-10) spent most of his first professional season with Leche Rio Breogan in Spain's LEB Gold league (one step below the top ACB league), then finished the season playing a single game for Lithuania's Neptunas Klaipeda. Hayes averaged 8.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 24 total games, while shooting 47% from 3 point range. Breogan went 18-16 in the regular season and lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs.

Landon Milbourne (2006-10) played for SO Maritime Boulogne of the French ProB league in his first year as a professional. Boulogne finished 19-15 in the regular season and lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs. Milbourne averaged 16.5 points (6th in the league), 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.7 steals in 39 games.

Jamar Smith (2002-04) played for France's ProA league team, Entente Orleans, where he averaged 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28 games. Orleans went 12-18 and missed the playoffs. Orleans also participated in the opening round robin of the EuroChallenge tournament, where Smith scored 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 6 games.

Rodney Elliott (1994-98) played for Argentina's Boca Juniors. Elliott averaged 11.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.0 steals per game for the Juniors, who went 13-17 and missed the playoffs.

Andre Collins (2001-04) played for Scavolini Pesaro in Italy's Serie A league. Scavolini finished 14-16 and missed the league playoffs. Collins averaged 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists (4th in the league), and 2.4 steals (9th in the league) per game.

There was some evidence that Mike Jones (2003-07) had signed to play in Venezuela for Guaiqueries de Margarita, but I've had no luck finding statistics or up-to-date rosters for Venezuela's LNB, and the team's website is no longer on-line.

(Don't miss the 2010-11 Domestic Terps Round-Up, if you haven't seen it already.)

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Mike Jones Signs in Venezuela

Mike Jones (2003-07, Who?) has signed to play (translation, and see the 2nd news item in the story) with Guaiqueries de Margarita in Venezuela. Guaiqueries hasn't updated the news on their website in almost a year, so let's go with an excerpt from the story I linked to above, from Caracas newspaper, El Universal:
Forward Steven Thomas and guard-forward Mike Jones are the two new acquisitions to the roster playing on the island of Margarita. [...]

Jones, who reached an agreement with the team according to a report on the Prosports portal, played at the University of Maryland, where he was teammates with Venezuelan Greivis Vasquez, who now plays in the NBA.

Jones previously played with Argentine clubs Peñarol de Mar del Plata and Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia.

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]

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Mike Jones Switches Teams in Argentina

Mike Jones (2004-08, Who?), who had been playing for Peñarol Mar del Plata in Argentina, has switched teams to league rival Gimnasia y Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia. Gimnasia's news page (translation) says this, in a news item from mid-January:
The need for consistent performance within the team led the coaching staff and the leadership of Comodoro Rivadavia to make changes within the team: guard Gary Buchanan was dismissed and will be replaced by Mike Allen Jones.

Jones, who donned the jersey of Mar del Plata Peñarol for 8 games, came to our city today and will join the practice this afternoon at 19 pm.

Jones was born in Dorchester, Mass., 24 July 1984, and measures 1.96m. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007, professionally went through Turkey and Cyprus, played in the Romanian league last year for Asesoft CSU Ploiesti City, with 13.2 points (59.7% in doubles, 37.5% in triples, 74.4% free throws), 2.5 rebounds and 19.9 minutes on average in 37 games. His statistics during his time with Peñarol de Mar del Plata were 108 points, with a yield of 60% in doubles, 26.4 in triples, and 68.6 at the free-throw line.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mike Jones in Argentina

Mike Jones (2003-07) has signed in Argentina (translation) with Peñarol Mar del Plata. The local paper says:
Monday morning saw the arrival in Mar del Plata of replacement player Michael Jones, who has the same name as another foreign player who had played for Peñarol at the end of the previous decade.

Mike Jones is a guard, 25 years old, 1.96 meters and 91 kilos, who graduated from the University of Maryland. When he left the United States, he tried his luck in Turkey (Mersin BSB), Cyprus (Apoel BC), and finally in Romania (Ploiesti Asesoft CSU). There, in the Carpathian league, in 37 games, he averaged 19.9 minutes, 13.2 points (59.7% 2-pointers, 37.5% 3-pointers, and 74.4% free throws), 2.5 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.

According Peñarol's managers, the player is a "stepping stone" toward the the future.

The team has a website but it hasn't been updated in 2 years, so don't look for any Mike Jones news there.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Free Agents

As the international leagues start their seasons, several prominent ex-Terps are still free agents. Here is the run-down, including a few profile pages I found on their Agency's websites:

Chris McCray (2002-06), who played last season with the Rimini Crabs of Italy's Lega2 (Agent's Profile)

James Gist (2004-08), who played last season with Angelico Biella of Italy's LegaA (Agent's Profile)

DJ Strawberry (2003-07), who played last season with Fortitudo Bologna of Italy's LegaA (Agent's Profile)

Mike Jones (2003-07), who played last season with CSU Asesoft in Ploiesti, Romania.

Parrish Brown (2005-07), who played last season with Potros Itson in Mexico's LNBP (Agent's Profile)

Steve Francis (1998-99), who ended up on the Memphis Grizzlies roster last year, but never played for them.

Ryan Randle (2001-03), who played last season with Saint Etienne BC in France's ProB league.

Also..., I haven't had anything to post about them all summer, but Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) and Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) are both signed for another year in Greece with Euroleague Champs Panathinaikos. Here's a story from over the summer about PAO re-signing Sarunas.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2008-09 Overseas League Wrap-Up

Here is a wrap-up of how all of our former Terps fared playing overseas last season. Stats are from; click on the player names for their EuroBasket profiles.

Lonny Baxter played for Panionios ON Telecoms in Athens, Greece. In Greek League games, he scored 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game (21 games). The team finished 6th in the league, and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Panionios also played in the Euroleague tournament, but did not advance past the opening round. Lonny scored 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds per game (8 games) in Euroleague games.

Parrish Brown's team, Portos, finished in last place in Mexico's LNBP North Division. (No stats available)

Nik Caner-Medley played for Cajasol Sevilla of Spain's ACB League. In ACB games, he scored 10.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game (20 games). Cajasol finished in 14th place (out of 17) in the league and missed the playoffs. Cajasol also played in the EuroChallenge tournament, where they advanced to the Top 16 round-robin stage. Nik scored 10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds per game (10 games) in the tournament.

Andre Collins played for Carife Ferrara of Italy's SerieA. Ferrara finished in 10th place and did not make the playoffs. Collins had probably the best stat line of any former Terp this season, scoring 17.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game (30 games).

Rodney Elliott played for Paris-Levallois which finished first in the French ProB League regular season, but lost in the semifinals of the league tournament. He scored 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds (39 games).

Travis Garrison's team, Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Univ., finished in 6th place in their division in Turkey's TB2L (2nd division). (No stats available)

James Gist played his first pro season for Angelica Biella of Italy. He scored 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game (34 games). Angelica finished in 7th place in Italy's SerieA regular season but lost in the semifinals of the league tournament.

Ekene Ibekwe played for Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya of Turkey this season. Selcuk finished in 15th place (next to last) in the Turkey's TBL (1st division). He scored 18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game (28 games). Following the Turkish season, he joined Gigantes de Carolina of Puerto Rico's BSN league, which is currently playing games in the summer.

Sarunas Jasikevicius won both the Euroleague Championship and the Greek League Championship (they finished 2nd in the regular season) with his team Panathinaikos, and his teammate, Drew Nicholas. In Greek League games, he scored 11.4 points and 2.7 assists per game (29 games), and in the Euroleague, he scored 9.4 points and 3.4 assists per game (18 games).

Mike Jonesand his team CSU Asesoft Ploesti won the Romanian League Championship (they also finished 1st in the regular season). He scored 13.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game (37 games). Ploesti also played in the EuroChallenge tournament, but did not get past the opening round. Mike scored 8.8 points per game (4 games) in that tournament.

Chris McCray played for Italy's Lega2 (2nd division) Basket Rimini Crabs, which finished in a 5-way tie for 6th place in the regular season, but lost in the quarterfinals of the league tournament (they lost to Jamar Smith's team). He scored 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds per game (32 games).

Terence Morris and CSKA Moscow had a great season, reaching the championship game of the Euroleague tournament (losing to Jasikevicius and Nicholas's PAO team). Morris scored 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game (20 games) in the tournament. Due to limitations on foreign players on rosters in the Russian Superleague, Terence only played in only a few Russian league games very early in the season, where he scored 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds (5 games). CSKA won the Russian Superleague Championship, but Morris was not on the court.

Drew Nicholas also played for Panathinaikos, helping PAO win both the Euroleague Championship and the Greek League Championship with teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius. Nicholas scored 7.3 points per game in the Greek League (33 games) and 8.3 points per game in Euroleague games (22 games).

Bambale Osby played for Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca of the Romanian League, finishing in 5th place in the regular season and losing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. He scored 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game (31 games). Cluj also played in the opening round of the EuroChallenge tournament, but did not advance. Osby scored 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in their 2 tournament games.

Ryan Randle played for Saint-Etienne B.C. of the French ProB league. Saint-Etienne finished in 8th place in the regular season and lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to Rodney Elliott's Levallois team. Ryan scored 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game (14 games).

Jamar Smith played for Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato of Italy's Lega2. The team finished in 4th place in the regular season and lost in the semifinals of the league tournament. He scored 12.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game (37 games).

DJ Strawberry played for GMAC Real Estate Bologna, which finished in 15th place (next to last) in Italy's SerieA. Bologna also played in the Eurocup regular season, but did not advance to the Top 16. DJ scored 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game (19 games) in Italian league play. In their Eurocup games, he scored 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals (6 games).

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Mike Jones Dunking Videos

My site stats tell me that a lot of people are coming here for news about Mike Jones (2003-07), following a message board link. I don't have any new news stories about Jones to link to, but he is still playing for CSU Asesoft of Ploiesti, Romania. His team won the regular season and the Romanian Cup tournament last month, but is currently trailing 1-0 in a best-of-three series in the league tournament semi-finals.

To give the people what they want though, here are two YouTube videos of Mike Jones dunking during warm-ups:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mike Jones in Romania

Mike Jones (2003-07) is working out with a new team (translation): CSU Asesoft Ploiesti of Romania. You have to scroll down through the archives to find the news item, but it's worth it to see the accompanying photo of Ekene Ibekwe. The article makes it sound like he's there for a tryout, but hasn't signed yet. CSU Ploiesti is the reigning champion of the Romanian league. I'll save you time by posting the translation (translated by Google, cleaned-up by me):
American Mike Jones (1.96m, 90 kg, 24 years) played for the University of Maryland and is recognized as one of the great American outside shooters... I mean well outside the three point line, because this basketballer with the same name as a rapper is a specialist of shots from over seven and a half meters.

Some called him the best defender among high school players, after NBA super star Lebron James. Many were surprised that he was not drafted in 2007; he left to play for Mersin in Turkey and APOEL in Cyprus.

-- Jones was a high school All Star before entering the University of Maryland, where he once managed a record of 9 three-point baskets in a single game!

-- In November of 2005 he became a father with Morgan Howard, bringing a little one into the world: Camryn Howard-Jones.

-- At the first workout, Mike has impressed with his physical qualities, accuracy and precision from great distance. In scrimages played, Jones and Ionel Dodoc were the best shooters and have competed with Alex Iacobescu shooting three-point baskets.

The American player is at CSU for several days, and then the club managers will make a decision on him.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

European League Wrap-Up

Today, here is recap of how all the Terps playing in Europe (and elsewhere in the world) fared this season. Finding stats for all these players is very time consuming, so I didn't do it this year. (Particularly since many European teams play in multiple leagues: their national league, Euroleague, the ULEB Cup, various other tournaments, etc.) Really, I meant to write this weeks ago right after the NBA Wrap-up.

Sarunas Jasikevicius's team, Panathinaikos of Athens Greece, won the Greek League Championship for the 6th consecutive year. Panathinaikos also advanced to the round of 16 of the Euroleague Club Championships.

Lonny Baxter's team, Panionios, also from Athens, Greece, finished in 3rd place in the Greek League, losing to the aforementioned Panathinaikos in the Greek League semifinals.

Terence Morris's team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, of Isreal, made it to the Euroleague finals before losing to CSKA Moscow, who then signed Terence after the season ended. Maccabi Tel Aviv also made it to the Israeli league finals, losing by one point, despite 20 points from Morris. Maccabi also lost in the finals of the Israeli Cup back in February.

Also in Israel, John Gilchrist's Nahariya Ironi finished in 4th place after losing in the other semifinal of the Israeli league.

Laron Profit's Libertad Sunchales, of Argentina, won the Argentinian league championship.

Chris McCray's Telindus Oostende, of Belgium, lost in the quarterfinals of the Belgian League Tournament, but did manage to win the Belgium Cup tournament back in April.

Mike Jones's APOEL, of Nicosia, Cyprus, finished in 2nd place, losing in the finals of the Cypriot League. On its way to the finals, Jones and APOEL beat Ryan Randle's AEL Limmassol in the semifinals.

In Italian Lega2 play (Italy's 2nd division), Andre Collins was the league MVP and Carife Ferrara won the regular season championship (but lost in the finals of the league tournament), meaning Carife will move up to play in the Italian A division next year. Meanwhile, Rodney Elliott's Agricola Gloria team finished 15th in Lega2, and will drop down to the B1 division next season.

Nik Caner-Medley's Kalise Gran Canaria, of the Canary Islands, Spain, finished 9th and just missed the playoffs in the Spanish ACB league.

Ekene Ibekwe's Beascanon finished 8th in the French ProB League.

Travis Garrison is currently playing for Gaiteros de Zulia of Venezuela, whose league has just started the postseason. Gaiteros finished 4th in the regular season. He also played in Spain and South Korea earlier this season.

Jamar Smith's Toshiba Brave Thunder team finished 7th in the Japanese Pro Superleague.

Drew Nicholas helped Turkey's Efes Pilsen get to the Euroleague round of 16, but was released from the team in March for refusing to travel to Serbia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mike Jones Signs in Cyrpus

Mike Jones (2003-07) has joined Aspis APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Eurobasket has the news, but I don't like to link to them because their news links aren't permanent (scroll halfway down the page to look for Mike's picture under the headline of "Market News". If you're reading this several months after I wrote the article, this news item is likely gone forever).

The only more permanently-linkable mention of it I could find is this article, where it mentions that Jones scored 19 points for his new team in his first game (also note the bottom of that article, where Ryan Randle scored 12 points for the losing team, Proteas EKA AEL). The club's website only seems to have info about their soccer team and I can't get Google translate to work because of all the flash. Other places I have found which claim to link to APOEL's basketball team all turn out to be broken links.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mike Jones Signs with Mersin in Turkey

I can't get a good Turkish-to-English translation of this news article, but it basically says that Mike Jones (2003-07) has signed in Turkey with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. Google and Babelfish don't do Turkish, so today we turn to to see how they handle the challenge:
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I did figure out that the Ahmet in the article is Ahmet Caki, the team's coach. From what I can understand, the first sentence says something like, "Coach Ahmet Caki has brought in American player Mike Jones from the University of Maryland, who is 1.92 meters tall and plays the 2 guard position."

Mersin is going into only its third season of Turkish Division I pro league play, after having won the Turkish Division II title in 2005.

Searching for news on Mike Jones in Turkey will be a challenge, since there is a different Mike Jones (who played at TCU several years ago) who played in Turkey last year for Darussafaka Istanbul. The article I linked to above has a picture of our Mike Jones wearing a Maryland jersey, so I'm confident I've got the right one. (Plus, a European league transaction list confirmed it).

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mike Jones playing for NJ Nets in Orlando Summer League

Most of the off-season NBA attention has been centered on the Vegas Summer League, but six teams are also playing in the smaller Orlando Summer League, including the New Jersey Nets, who added Mike Jones (2003-07) as a late addition to their roster:
Matt Walsh, the Nets' final cut last season, was on the original roster but withdrew and the Nets replaced him with forward Mike Jones out of Maryland.

Ekene Ibekwe (2003-07) was invited to try-out for the Miami Heat's summer league team, but he was released just before league play began. Here is a link to all of the Orlando Summer League rosters.

On a completely unrelated note, this is blog post #100. Hooray for arbitrary, big round number milestones!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Terps on 2007 NBA Summer League Rosters

The NBA's Vegas Summer League starts play tonight, and several former Terps are on rosters:

Lots of people have been coming to this site this week looking for info on Mike Jones and Ekene Ibekwe, but they did not get picked for any team's summmer league roster.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mike Jones Injures Knee in Pre-Draft Workout

According to the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, Mike Jones (2003-07) slightly injured his knee during a pre-draft workout in Sacramento last week and had to cancel his workout with the Boston Celtics. From the Boston Herald:
Dorchester native Mike Jones, who played four years at Maryland, had to pull out of yesterday’s workout.

The 6-foot-5 forward suffered what was described as a “slight” knee injury while working out for Sacramento. [Celtics director of basketball operations Danny] Ainge hoped to bring in Jones next week.

Jones hasn't been in the news much this spring since playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament back in April.