This week, we saw WVU basketball stars Kevin Jones and John Flowers make their season debuts with new clubs, Joe Alexander lead his team and D’or Fischer doing what he does best, Juwan Staten news and more.
Kevin Jones, Partizan (Serbia) – Jones is in a new country and on a new team to start November. He joined Partizan of the Adriatic League in late October with an upcoming break in their schedule. He used that time to get acquainted with his new club. The team needed his ability to score and particularly his rebounding skills.
On Tuesday, Partizan unveiled their new signing against Crvena Zvezda. Jones was one of the starters for Partizan who jumped out to an early 11-point lead. Then, Zvezda took control and cruised to a 15-point victory. Both teams rested many of the starters during the second half. Because of that, Jones played just 17 minutes but scored 12 points.
John Flowers, Bayreuth (Germany) – A few days before Jones first played for Partizan, his old teammate John Flowers was likewise making his debut with a new club. This one in Germany, where he joined Bayreuth. But unlike Jones in his first game, Flowers and his team won. He stepped into a starting role and played 35 solid minutes. He also scored 12 points, like Jones, but added five assists, four rebounds and blocked three shots.
Juwan Staten, Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA D-League) – The Golden State Warriors assigned Staten to their D-League team in Santa Cruz who announced their training camp roster this week. The team begins their preseason on Saturday night at home against Reno.
Da’Sean Butler, Ratiopharm (Germany) – Ratiopharm fell to 2-2 on the season after losing to Zaragoza on Wednesday. Butler led his team in scoring with 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting.
Joe Alexander, Sassari (Italy) – Alexander led his team with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 82-70 loss to Umana on Sunday.
Truck Bryant, Sana (Italy) – Bryant scored 15 points for Sana in a 87-73 loss to Lighthouse this past Sunday.
Alex Ruoff, Bilbao Baskets (Spain) – Ruoff and Bilbao lost to Slovenian Un. Olimpija 83-80 on Wednesday. Ruoff scored four points and added three rebounds in 17 minutes of playing time.
Deniz Kilicli, Istanbul (Turkey) – Istanbul last played on Halloween night against Besitkas, losing 103-91 to remain winless on the season after three games. The WVU big man scored four points and had five rebounds.
D’or Fischer, Hapoel (Israel) – Mountaineer big man and legendary shot blocker, D’or Fischer and Hapoel traveled to Greece on Wednesday to play against Athens where they lost by one point. Fischer had nine points, seven rebounds, and of course, blocked two shots in the contest.
Chris Moss, Defensor (Uruguay) – Rounding out our Hardwood Report this week, we travel to South America to visit Chris Moss who has been playing pro basketball for thirteen years now. On Tuesday, Defensor took it to visiting Tabare, winning 94-76. Moss shot 8 of 14 from the field to score 17 points and added seven rebounds.