This week, we saw Juwan Staten play in his first NBA game and then get waived shortly thereafter. We saw the shot-blocking extraordinaire, D’or Fischer, carry the load for his team in Israel. We cover those topics and more as we take a look at WVU basketball players around the globe.
Juwan Staten, Golden State Warriors – The rookie saw his first taste of NBA action on Thursday night as the Warriors hammered the Rockets. After the game, the team waived Staten. Should he clear waivers, he is expected to join their D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
He entered the game with 2:39 left in the third quarter. TNT commentator Kevin Harlan referred to him as “a West Virginia kid” twice.
On offense, he helped to facilitate the offense. He looked smooth in running the pick and roll with James Michael MacAdoo, but turned the ball over as the clock ran down in the third quarter. On defense, when the ball went up, he wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the big guys down low in attempting to grab a rebound.
In the fourth, his defense on a fast break caused a missed layup attempt by the Rockets. A few seconds later, Staten was fouled on a drive. He missed both free throw attempts. A minute later, he stripped the ball of a Rockets player who was attempting to post up. Later, he was fouled driving to the basket and sunk both free throw attempts.
He played ten minutes and finished with two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist. He made several nice passes to open teammates who missed their shot attempts (he wasn’t exactly throwing to Steph Curry or Klay Thompson).
Joe Alexander, Sassari (Italy) – Alexander is off to a strong start playing in Italy. On Monday, Sassari took down AV Cantu 86-75. Alexander came off the bench and played 23 minutes and scored eight points on 4 of 5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.
And, in case you were wondering, he can still do this:
Truck Bryant, Men’s Sana (Italy) – On Sunday, Sana had a narrow loss to Scafati 81-77. Bryant started and scored ten points in the contest.
Alex Ruoff, Bilbao Basket (Spain) – In Bilbao’s lone game this week, Ruoff had five rebounds and four assists in a loss to Nanterre.
Da’Sean Butler, Ratiopharm (Germany) – On Wednesday, Butler played 2o minutes, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in an 87-68 victory over Umana Ve in Eurocup play.
D’or Fischer, Hapoel (Israel) – On the same night Butler was on the court in Germany, Fischer was leading Hapeol with 25 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.