Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Also, on Portland's team site, if you click on Juan Dixon (3rd from the left), you can view some videos of him talking and meeting fans (I can't figure out how to link directly to his page or the videos).
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The 29-year-old small forward played 25 times for the LA Lakers last year, averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds, and has also had spells with the Washington Wizards, the Orlando Magic, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
The former University of Maryland player has also had spells in Italy and China in the past, and signs on an initial one month deal with the option to extend the contract until the end of the season.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Smith was acquired by Denver in a trade with Milwaukee on Aug. 10. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11 games with the Nuggets this season and is in the final year of a contract that pays $6.8 million this season. Philadelphia was looking to acquire at least one veteran player with a large expiring contract.
"As long as I get on the floor, I'm cool with it," Smith said. "I just want to play."
The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that this is Joe Smith's second stint in Philly:
A 12-year veteran, Smith has played for six franchises, including a brief stay with the Sixers in 1998. He is averaging 13.5 minutes in 11 games. His offensive numbers have steadily dropped since his sophomore season (18.7 points per game). Smith had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last December, sidelining him for 30 games. He garnered all-rookie first-team honors in 1996 and was named rookie of the month twice during his first season. Smith was the No. 1 overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 draft.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Cape Cod Frenzy of the American Basketball Association (ABA) announces the signing of 6'6 guard-forward Byron Mouton, a starter on the 2001 Maryland Terrapins' NCAA Championship squad. [...] Professionally, Mouton has been in NBA training camps (Boston Celtics 2002) and played overseas in Germany, Dominican Republic, and France.
I previously wrote about Byron and summarized his pro career last season, when he was playing for the ABA's Balitmore Pearls.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
From the news section on the Moscow Dynamo website:
Looking to add size in the face of frontcourt injuries, Dynamo Moscow signed big man Obinna Ekezie in time for its Group A road game at Olympiacos on Thursday. Ekezie (208, 31) played only four ULEB Cup games last season with Lottomatica Roma, averaging 9 points and 5.2 rebounds. In 16 Italian League games, he posted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
John hasn't had time to update his MySpace page yet.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Rodney Elliott is a little out of shape but is tall and experienced enough to fill a glaring gap in the Sydney Kings' playing roster.
It has been eight years since the American forward starred for and co-captained his University of Maryland team. Yet the Kings are hoping the prowess Elliott, 30, showed as a Maryland MVP surfaces for them soon. [...]
[Kings Coach Brian] Goorjian said Elliott's experience would count in a team where the average age was 25. "He's not another young one," he said. "He's got around the block. He's played in Italy, Serbia and his last stop was Turkey."
What does Goorjian hope for from the 204-centimetre utility? "Scoring," he said. "We need somebody that we can go to to put points on the board."
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
"We're counting on his spirit of renewal," Montepaschi Siena General Manager Ferdinando Minucci told the Associated Press yesterday. Minucci said Baxter is to be released from prison Oct. 11, three days after the Italian season starts, and is then expected to travel to Italy. The team expects Baxter to begin playing by early December, meaning he most likely will miss six to eight games.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
For Gilchrist, who left the University of Maryland as a junior in 2005, the decision to join the Euroleague wasn't easy. He played well for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 4.4 assists. He would've had a chance to earn a spot on Denver's roster in training camp.
"Obviously my whole life I've had the goal to play in the NBA," Gilchrist said.
But Gilchrist has other factors to consider. The Nuggets were guaranteeing nothing. And Gilchrist needs to take care of [daughter] Haven, whose image is tattooed on his arm.
His new team in France is happy to have him (you speak French, right?), after his breakout year in Israel last season. The best part of this article, when I ran it through Google Translation, was the description of the other guy Pau signed on the same day, Britton Johnson:
This white interior of big size left in 2003 the FAC Utah with the following line of stats: 11,6 pts with 47,7% and 6,7 rbs. Not drafted, this Mormon however had his chance in NBA disputing 20 meetings with Orlando in 2003-2004.
Maryland hasn't had a white interior of big size since Mike Mardesich left...
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
That link probably won't work in a day or two... this website notoriously keeps changing their link names so nobody can link to their news. But look for the news item in the July 25, 2006 Market News. I can't find any other news stories (in any language) about the signing. If you find one, post it in the comments section.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Smith averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the field in 44 games for Milwaukee last season. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound 11-year veteran was the top pick in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors in 1995. Smith has averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds over his career, including a career-high 18.7 points with Golden State during the 1996-97 season. He also has also played for Philadelphia.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Nicholas (1.93 m) made his presence felt almost immediately in his debut Euroleague campaign, finishing as the regular season's scoring champ with an average of 18.6 points a game, almost 2 points clear of any other player. In the Top 16 matches, Nicholas dropped his scoring rate slightly to 18 points, third-best in that round.
Nicholas and Benetton failed to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs in the Euroleague, but found their game to win the Italian League title later in the spring.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Although Mo Williams will go into training camp as the starter at point guard, based on two productive seasons with the Bucks, Blake will be given a chance to earn his share of backcourt playing time.
The 26-year-old Blake went from a third-string position to the starting point guard job with the Trail Blazers last season. He ranked third in the National Basketball Association in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.69-to-1) and averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 assists.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
If he doesn't go to jail for this, he has a one year deal waiting for him with Montepaschi Siena (Italy) of the Euroleague, which he just signed last week.
Edited 8/24/06: Baxter pleaded guilty and got 60 days in jail after the judge denied the prosecutor's request for probation as part of a plea deal. He won't be out in time to join his new Italian team for the start of the season.
Edited 8/25/06: Team officials for Siena weren't expecting such a long sentence, and now Baxter's career in Italy could be in doubt, since Baxter should have joined the team's training camp next Monday in preparation for the the Italian season, which starts on October 8.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Gilchrist seemed to help his cause last week in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, a short circuit that draws a number of NBA players and free agents. He averaged 12 points and 4.4 assists playing five games for the Denver Nuggets and shooting 58 percent from the field. He and his agent, Joel Bell, are hoping the showing will result in a contract offer. If not, Gilchrist will head back overseas.
"All in all, I've received some positive reviews," Gilchrist said. "I'm just happy I'm in a better situation now than I was when I went out there."
Friday, June 30, 2006
Former Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley , who was not picked in Wednesday's NBA draft, said yesterday that he plans to compete with the Detroit Pistons in the upcoming NBA summer league.
"I felt I was one of the best 60 guys," Caner-Medley said, "but I don't think that is what the draft is really based on; it's based on need. In the long run, I don't think [being a second-round pick] makes that much of a difference" in terms of making a team.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray [...] are among 62 players participating in the NBA pre-draft camp this week at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
The camp, which is attended by front office personnel and coaches representing every NBA team, opened last night and runs through Sunday. The draft is June 28th. The five local players are considered to be borderline draft prospects.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
The second annual Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, named after the late Euroleague scoring champ who still holds the competition's record for highest average points per game, has been won by Drew Nicholas of Benetton Treviso. The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy is the only end-of-season Euroleague award based purely on statistics. In his first Euroleague season, with a great combination of three-point shots and running jumpers, Nicholas amassed a scoring average of 18.4 points per game, the highest of any Euroleague player who played 12 games or more, the minimum standard for this award. Nicholas led all Regular Season scorers with 18.64 points per game. In the Top 16, his average of 18 points ranked third. Benetton was eliminated before the Quarterfinal Playoffs.
The article goes on to list Drew's highlights and stats from the past season in Europe's top basketball league.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Since leaving Maryland, Exree has been a frequent candidate for "Where Are They Now?" type articles in Sports Illustrated and ESPN thanks to his memorable name. He's best known in his post-collegiate career for playing as member of the Harlem Globetrotters for several years.
Friday, April 07, 2006
In 2003, Kurtis had been the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cincinatti Bengals. Prior to that, he was a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Maryland.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Gary Williams credited Walt Williams numerous times for saving the basketball program at Maryland. Walt chose to stay and play for Gary when several other high profile players transferred away after Maryland was hit by sanctions at the end of the Bob Wade era.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
|Year||Player||NBA Team||Round||(Overall Pick)|
|1990||Jerrod Mustaf||New York||1||(17)|
|Tony Massenburg||San Antonio||2||(43)|
|1991||Brian Williams (x-Arizona)||Orlando||1||(10)|
|Steve Hood (x-James Madison)||Sacramento||2||(42)|
|1995||Joe Smith||Golden State||1||(1)|
|2002||Chris Wilcox||LA Clippers||1||(8)|
(x) denotes a player who transferred away from Maryland prior to being drafted
Thursday, February 23, 2006
This article in Italian seems to say that Duane played for the Shangdong Lions in China in 2003-04. Another earlier article from the same Italian website gives the best summary of Duane's career and says that he has been signed by Olympia in Italy for the 2002-03 season. Paraphrasing the Italian, it says he played in Belgium for Bree BBC in 1996-97, in France for Elan Sportif Chalonnais in 1997-98, then bounced around the CBA, USBL, and ABA. The article also calls him a "ferryman", but I suspect Google is mistranslating "journeyman". In 2001, he played for the EA All-Stars basketball team.
Simpkins's most famous moment at Maryland was, unfortunately, when it was revealed that he had racked up over $8000 in parking fines on campus. They even made fun if it in the Italian article I translated.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
"This is a trade that we all feel makes us a better basketball team for both now and in the future," [Knicks GM Isiah] Thomas said in a news release announcing the deal. "In Steve, we add an All-Star caliber player to our team without giving up core assets that are key to our future."
Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. He was the 2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and was selected to start for the Western Conference All-Stars from 2002-2004.
"Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," [Knicks coach Larry] Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development."
Steve Francis only played one season (his Junior year) at Maryland before turning pro. He transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which you'll recall from previous posts, was the same Junior College that Steve Francis went to.
It looks like he played for the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings in 2001. And he was a Harlem Globetrotter for parts of 1999-2000. I've seen evidence from secondary sources that he has played all over the world in the past few years, for CBA, USBL, and ABA teams in the US, and internationally in Japan, Syria, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Italy.
Johnny is hard to track down. He may have gone by "John Rhodes" at some of his international stops. Also complicating the search, there is a different John Rhodes who was a former player and is a current assistant coach at Ohio University.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
"Where is he now?" is the easy question. "Where has he been?" is more difficult. Here's what I've found through various news articles (often poorly translated from European basketball news websites)...
Last year, he was with BC Cibona in Croatia, but was apparently injured playing in Italy (scroll down to Cibona, the 2nd team previewed on that page). He then transferred to Ricoh Manresa in Spain and ended up playing for another Spanish team, Fuenlabrada. He was at the top of several statistical categories playing for Kansas City in the ABA in 2001. In 2000, the Baltimore City Paper mentioned him playing for the Baltimore Bayrunners in the now-defunct IBL.
Monday, February 20, 2006
NigeriaSports.com did an excellent feature article on Obinna last week, discussing his career history, his current team in Rome, and the possibility of him playing on Nigeria's national team.
Friday, February 17, 2006
|Year||Player||NBA Team||Round||(Overall Pick)|
|1977||Brad Davis||LA Lakers||1||(15)|
|1981||Buck Williams||New Jersey||1||(3)|
|Albert King||New Jersey||1||(10)|
I don't have records of the overall pick number for drafts before 1976.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Here is an NBA-DL player profile for Byron Mouton, where he appears to have played for the NBA-D League's Florida Flames for the 2004-05 season. Working backwards from that profile, I learned that Mouton previously played for Braunschweig in Germany in 2003-04 (where he would have been a teammate of Mike Mardesich) and the CBA's Idaho Stampede in 2002-03. He was the 3rd pick in the 2002 CBA draft. He was briefly signed to play on French Pro B-League's FC Mulhouse in summer 2005, but it's unclear if he appeared in any games before leaving the team to play back in the U.S.
Byron Mouton transferred to Maryland from Tulane and redshirted the 1999-2000 season. He was a starter on the 2002 NCAA championship team. After going undrafted in the 2002 NBA draft, he played for the Washington Wizards' summer league team and then was invited to the Boston Celtics training camp before reporting to the Idaho Stampede for the 2002-03 regular season.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The 23-year-old Wilcox has career averages of 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in three-plus seasons with the Clippers after they made him the eighth overall selection in the 2002 draft following his two-year college career at Maryland.
"We were looking for an athletic player that can play above the rim," [Sonics general manager Rick] Sund said. "His athleticism is a big plus for us, and he can run and can finish. He's looking for a place to be where he can get a fresh start as well."
Ryan Randle transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which I am required by law to note was the same junior college that Steve Francis came from. Various TV and radio announcers used to remind us every game that his nickname was "Sleepy" because his eyes always had that "I just woke up" look. It must have been the only note about him in the press guide, because they mentioned it every game. I never heard any fans actually call him that.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
The Maryland Atheletics website has an out-of-date list of past and present Terps in the Pros. Although, of the "present" players they list, none has played in the WNBA since 2004.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Since leaving Maryland, Mike Mardesich played 2001-02 for Telekom Bonn, had a try-out with the Washington Wizards in summer 2002, then played 2002-03 for SIG Strasbourg (also in France's A League). He played in Germany for BS|ENERGY Braunschweig in 2003-04. If you speak German (or know how to make Google Translation work), this feature article talks about Mardesich's return to Germany. For the 2004-05 season, Mike moved to Eiffel Towers Nijmegen in the Netherlands (here's his player profile from the ULEB Cup).
Friday, February 10, 2006
|1956||Bob Kessler||Fort Worth||2|
|Charley McNeil||New York||6|
|Jerry Bechtle||New York||15|
|1961||Bob NcDonald||St. Louis||6|
|1967||Jay McMillan||LA Lakers||9|
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Terrell Stokes's road to get here included a stint as assistant coach at Division 2 Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a job coaching afterschool basketball in Montgomery County, MD.
Matt Kovarik also worked for Xerox for two years, served as an assistant coach at Maryland for a three seasons (including the 2002 NCAA Championship season), and is now also attending law school at the University of Maryland-Baltimore in addition to his coaching duties.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Here is his Euroleague player profile, which says this about his history after leaving Maryland:
Selected in the 2003 USBL Draft by Texas Rim Rockers (#59)... moved to Italy for the 2003-04 season, signed by Fabriano Basket, in the Italian Legadue... signed for the 2004-05 season by Basket Livorno... at the end of the Italian regular season, moved to Spain, signed for the remainder of the season by Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria... back to Italy for the 2005-06 season, signed by Benetton Basket Treviso.
My favorite Drew Nicholas memory is when he hit the last second three-pointer to win the game against UNC-Wilmington in the 1st round of the 2003 NCAA tournament.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Jamar Smith came to Maryland as a transfer from Allegany Community College. All TV commentators were contractually required to mention that this was the same junior college that Steve Francis attended.
Monday, February 06, 2006
John Gilchrist lead Maryland to their first ACC title in 2004, then had an up-and-down 2004-05 season before leaving for the NBA draft. After going undrafted, he played in NBA summer league for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005, but did not make the regular season roster.
Friday, February 03, 2006
After graduation, Keith Booth played for the Chicago Bulls from 1997-1999, winning an NBA Championship in 1998.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
- Steve Blake (1999-2003) for the Portland Trailblazers
- Juan Dixon (1998-2002) for the Portland Trailblazers
- Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) for the Houston Rockets
- Chris Wilcox (2000-02) for the LA Clippers
- Terence Morris (1997-2001) for the Orlando Magic
- Laron Profit (1995-99) for the LA Lakers
- Steve Francis (1998-99) for the Orlando Magic
- Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-98) for the Indiana Pacers
- Joe Smith (1993-95) for the Milwaukee Bucks
The Maryland Atheletics website has a full list of past and present Terps in the NBA.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Some are high profile guys in the NBA now, but most dropped off the radar. Looking around the net, I managed to find a bunch of them playing in Europe and in other minor leagues in the US like the NBA D-League, the ABA, USBL, and CBA. Rather than just keeping this information for my own knowledge (and to occasionally show off to my friends), I decided to create a blog to share it with other Maryland fans.
I'll start off the first few days with some obvious ones for completeness, and then share what I've found about some of the Terrapins' less-remembered basketball heros. Starting out, I've got several weeks worth of articles written in advance to get you caught up on what I already know. I plan to only post one per day, Monday-Friday. After that, I'll probably post more sparingly as I hear news or find out that players have moved to new teams.
I'm using the pseudonym Michelangelo, in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle of the same name. Turtle Power!