In this week’s Hardwood Report, we take you around the world to check-in WVU stars like Kevin Jones, Da’Sean Butler, Joe Alexander and more. But first, we head out to the West Coast to visit Juwan Staten where he is set to begin his pro career.
Juwan Staten, Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) – Since graduating from WVU, Staten has seen some action in the NBA Summer League, played with the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Preseason and scrimmaged with his new team, the Santa Cruz Warriors for one exhibition. On Friday night, Staten will play his first meaningful minutes as a pro basketball player.
The Warriors play host to the Bakersfield Jam at 10:00 ET. You can watch that game LIVE on YouTube here.
On Saturday, the Warriors head to L.A. to take on the Defenders. That game will also be shown LIVE on YouTube here.
Kevin Jones, Partizan (Serbia) – The addition of Jones to Partizan’s roster makes them a much more formidable opponent as the top team in the league, Buducnost, discovered on Monday. Jones had game highs with 18 points and nine rebounds to bring Buducnost’s six-game winning streak to an end.
Da’Sean Butler, Ratiopharm (Germany) – On Wednesday, Ratiopharm was in control at the outset against Nancy and cruised to a 90-73 win. Butler scored a team-high 18 points.
John Flowers, Bayreuth (Germany) – Flowers and Co. fell to Oliver Baskets last Saturday 79-60. The WVU star scored 11 points.
Joe Alexander, Sassari (Italy) – Alexander and Sassari went grabbed a 2-point road victory against Scandone on Monday. Alexander went 6 of 7 from the field to score 13 points and added five rebounds.
Darryl Truck Bryant, Mens Sana (Italy) – Bryant and Sana also played on Monday night, but unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t as positive as it was for Joe Alexander. Omegna controlled most of the game, but Sana made it a game in the fourth quarter before falling 80-74. Bryant had eight points, four rebounds and six assists.
Alex Ruoff, Bilbao Basket (Spain) – Bilbao won against Dolomiti to get above .500 on the season. Ruoff played 13 minutes off the bench, adding seven points and three rebounds.
Deniz Kilicli, Istanbul (Turkey) – Turk Telekom got their first win of the season against Kilicli and Istanbul last Saturday, 84-80. Kilicli played nine minutes and had four points and two rebounds.
D’or Fischer, Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel) – Fischer helped compel Hapoel to their second win of the young season on Monday. They downed Krasny Oktyabr 92-90. Fischer had 11 points, five rebounds and blocked one shot in the game.