In this week’s edition of the WVUPros on the Hardwood Report, we have updates from Spain, Germany, Israel, Italy and the NBA D-League where Mountaineers are making their mark in the professional ranks.
Kevin Jones: In Serbia this past Saturday, Kevin Jones and Partizan fell to Mega Leks 85-78.
Jones converted on 9-of-15 field goal attempts for 21 points. Like he was famous for at WVU, Jones was a beast on the offensive boards, with eight of his 15 rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
Jones also had two assists, one steal and a block in the loss.
Partizan plays again Thursday against MZT Skopje.
D’Or Fischer: After a solid week last week in Israel, D’Or Fischer had an efficient game for Hapoel (9-3), making all four of his baskets, scoring nine points in the process in an 80-76 loss to Maccabi Ashdod. Fischer added two rebounds in the effort.
Hapoel plays again Sunday against Hapeol Holon.
Devin Ebanks: In the NBA D-League this past Saturday, Devin Ebanks and the Grand Rapids Drive have been getting some increased exposure as Brandon Jennings plays with the team as he rehabs his knee before returning to the Pistons.
During this time, Mountaineer Devin Ebanks has been making the most of his time in this shared spotlight, Ebanks scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, making 4-of-5 attempts inside the arc.
Ebanks also pulled down eight rebounds and the Drive pulled out a 130-104 victory, bringing their record on the year to 6-8.
The Drive take the court against tonight against the Canton Charge.
Juwan Staten: After missing his previous game with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Juwan Staten came back strong Tuesday in a loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders 104-82, dropping the Warriors’ record to 9-6.
In 21 minutes in the loss, Staten converted on 6-of-8 field goal attempts and hit both of his free throw attempts for 15 points. Staten also pulled down two rebounds, dished three assists and had two steals.
The Warriors play again Sunday against the Rio Grand Valley Vipers.
Alex Ruoff: In Spain Saturday, Alex Ruoff and Bilbao Basket (5-6) lost to Estudiantes 91-85.
In the loss, Ruoff scored seven points and had two rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Bilbao will play again today against FC Barcelona.
Truck Bryant: Truck Bryant and Mens Sana 1871 (6-7) lost to Casalpusterlengo 87-85 this past Sunday.
In 30 minutes of action, Bryant scored 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
Dalton Pepper: In Italy Sunday, one game after a matchup with Bryant’s Mens Sana squad, Dalton Pepper and NPC Rieti (6-7) lost to Lighthouse TR 81-59.
Pepper played a team-high 36 minutes in the game, scoring 15 points and pulling down five rebounds.
Pepper and Rieti play again on Sunday against Tortona.
John Flowers: In Germany, John Flowers and Bayreuth (4-9) lost to Crailsheim 73-70 on Saturday.
Flowers scored 13 points and had four rebounds, one steal, one block and an assist in the loss.
Bayreuth is back in action today against Fraport Sky.
Da’Sean Butler: In Germany, Da’Sean Butler and Ratiopharm (6-7) defeated MBC 88-78 this past Saturday.
Butler came up just short of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Ratiopharm is back in action today against EWE Baskets.
Joe Alexander: In a Euroleague matchup against Italy’s Auxilium TO, Joe Alexander and Banco Di Sardenga (7-5) lost 86-83 this past Sunday.
In the loss, Alexander went scoreless in 13 minutes with one rebound.
Alexander and his squad play again today against Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia.
Deniz Kilicli: On Sunday in his native Turkey, Mountaineer big man Deniz Kilicli and Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi lost to Usak 90-73.
Kilicli scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting in 13 minutes of action to go along with one rebound.
Kilicli and his squad play again today against Ronesans TED Kolejiler Ankara.
Stay tuned next week for updates from all Mountaineers both overseas and in the U.S. as they represent WVU in the pros.