In this week’s edition of the WVUPros Hardwood Report, we have updates from the NBA D-League, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy and Serbia where Mountaineers are competing in the early part of their professional seasons.
Devin Ebanks: Over the past weekend, Devin Ebanks and the Grand Rapids Drive (5-7), an affiliate of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Ebanks has helped his squad go 1-1 with a win over the Canton Charge and a loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
On Saturday, Ebanks and the Drive defeated the Charge 111-96, with Ebanks leading the recording a team-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including five made 3-pointers. Ebanks added four free throws, five rebounds and four assists in the win.
In the 99-96 loss to the Mad Ants on Sunday, the Mountaineer forward recorded 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
Ebanks will be back in action Thursday against the Raptors 905.
Juwan Staten: Last Friday and Saturday, Juwan Staten and the defending NBA D-League champion Santa Cruz Warriors (7-4) defeated the Texas Legends and Oklahoma City Blue over the course of two games. Staten did not see action in either game, but his team won both games, 115-106 and 93-87, respectively.
Truck Bryant: In Italy Sunday, Truck Bryant and Mens Sana 1871 (6-6) defeated Rieti 82-81 in a tight contest.
Bryant played 22 minutes in the win, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with one rebound and two assists. Casalpusterlengo and Mens Sana 1871 will square off this Sunday in Italy Serie A2 action.
Alex Ruoff: On Sunday, Alex Ruoff and Bilbao Basket (7-2) were victorious 89-83 against Laboral Kutxa in overtime. Ruoff played 13 minutes in the win, failing to score on 0-2 shooting and recording one rebound.
Ruoff and Bilbao will play again on Wednesday when they face Dolomiti Energia Trento out of Italy’s Serie A.
Joe Alexander: On Sunday, Joe Alexander and Benco di Sardenga Sassari (7-4) in Italy’s Serie A defeated Juvecaserta 86-70.
Alexander scored seven points on 3-of-10 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Alexander and his team will be back in action Thursday against Brose Basket in Euroleague competition.
Da’Sean Butler: In Germany, Ratiopharm Ulm (5-7) and Da’Sean Butler were victorious Saturday against the Franport SKY 68-61 for their third-straight win.
Butler played 19 minutes in the win and scored eight points on two 3-pointers and two free throws. The Mountaineer favorite also contributed two rebounds and three assists in the win.
Ratiopharm’s next contest will be Wednesday against Nancy (France).
John Flowers: John Flowers and Bayreuth (4-6) fell Saturday to Phoenix Hagen 100-60. In the loss, Flowers led the team with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with two rebounds and an assists.
Flowers and Bayreuth will take the court again Saturday against Crailsheim.
D’or Fischer: In Israel Sunday, D’or Fischer and Hapoel (9-2) defeated Bnei Hertzel 81-75. Fischer scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the win and also pulled down 10 rebounds, three of which were offensive.
Hapoel will play Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (Russia) on Wednesday.
Kevin Jones: In Serbia Sunday, Kevin Jones and BC Partizan (6-8) defeated Metalac 81-70. In the win, Jones scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
Partizan will play again next Monday against Mega Leks.
Stay tuned next week for the next WVUPros on the Hardwood Report.