With pro basketball getting underway around the world this week, we tell you where your favorite Mountaineers of the past will play this season.
Juwan Staten – Staten signed a one-year non-guaranteed contract with the Jerry West-led defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors after going undrafted this past summer. He has not appeared in either of the Warriors first two preseason games.
Da’Sean Butler – Butler will play for Ratiopharm Ulm in the Germam BBL League this season. The team is currently in preseason play. They played against Bremerhaven on Tuesday. Butler started and played 26 minutes, getting 12 points and five rebounds.
Darryl Truck Bryant – After being an All-Star in the Czech Republic last year, Bryant takes his game to Italy this season, playing for Sana Basket 1871 in Sienna. The team won their season opener on Sunday where Bryant had 15 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Joe Alexander – After a stint with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel last Spring, Alexander is now in Italy, playing for the defending Italian champions, Banco di Sardegna Sassari, where he is already a fan favorite. They are also in preseason play. On Sunday, Sassari took down Vanoli in overtime. Alexander came off the bench, but still played 30 minutes. He had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
After the game, he was asked how he thought he’d contribute to the team this season.
“I do not know what will happen, is obviously very early but I have a certainty,” Alexander said. “If I keep working hard and feeling good physically, I can make my contribution to help the team win.”
“It is still early, but it seems really competitive and high level,” Alexander said of his impressions of his new league. “There are some tough teams and it will be a great season.”
Alex Ruoff – Bilbao Basket (Spain) tips off their season on Saturday against Andorra where Ruoff will be one of the starters.
Deniz Kilicli – After spending his first two pro seasons with Anadolu Efes in Turkey, Kilicli will play for Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi who begins their season on October 17th.
Chris Moss – Moss is in Uruguay this season, playing for Defensor. The team played on Wednesday where Moss had nine points, six rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes of play.
D’or Fischer – The shot blocking wonder will be in Israel this season, playing for Hapoel Jerusalem. The team starts the regular season on October 11th.
John Flowers and Kevin Jones are currently unsigned.
As this is a lengthy list, I realize I likely left a few players off. Devin Ebanks and Gary Browne both most recently played in Puerto Rico where they are in the offseason. If there is someone you are interested in knowing their whereabouts, please leave their name(s) in the comments section below, and I will try to find them for inclusion on the next edition of the WVUPros on the Hardwood Report.