This week was a reminder that, as we focus on former members from WVU sports playing professionally, events outside of the world of sports overlap and overshadow what happens on the court and on the playing fields. This past week, Alex Ruoff was in Paris amid the calamity resulting from the horrendous acts of terrorism.
Alex Ruoff – Bilbao (Spain): Ruoff and his team had to travel to Nanterre, France for a EuroCup game this past Tuesday. The game was secondary in importance to the tragic events that unfolded in nearby Paris.
Travel day: Bilbao to Madrid, then onto Paris……yes you read that correctly. #BilbaoBasket
— Alex Ruoff (@ARuoff) November 16, 2015
Ruoff scored nine points and added six rebounds in an 83-52 win over Nanterre. Read his account of his travels through Paris here.
Devin Ebanks – Grand Rapids Drive (D-League): From 2010-13, Devin Ebanks backed up Kobe Bryant as a member of the Lakers. Today, after playing pro basketball in Israel, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, the WVU basketball star is one step away from setting foot on an NBA court once again.
This past weekend, he began play with the Grand Rapids Drive, the D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. They faced the Delaware 87ers. Ebanks was the Player of the Game, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. On Tuesday, they traveled to Texas to take on the Austin Spurs where they lost 114-103. Ebanks had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals in that game.
Juwan Staten – Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League): The Warriors split their first two games of the regular season. They downed Bakersfield in the opener last Friday where Staten had nine points and six assists. They lost to the L.A. D-Fenders on Saturday night 104-101. The stats for that game are unavailable.
Kevin Jones – Partizan (Serbia): On Sunday, Jones and Partizan went on the road to play the higher ranked Zadar. Partizan played it tight, and lost by four points. Jones led his team with 16 points and five rebounds.
Da’Sean Butler – Ratiopharm (Germany): In Eurocup play, Ratiopharm fell to Umana Venenzia of Italy 90-78. Butler had seven points and four rebounds in the loss.
Joe Alexander – Sassari (Italy): Sassari was upset by Lavoro on Monday. Alexander played 25 minutes off the bench and produced 15 points, four rebounds, and three blocks.
Darryl “Truck” Bryant – Men’s Sana (Italy): Bryant tallied seven points as Sana fell by two points to Tortona on Sunday.
John Flowers – Bayreuth (Germany): On Saturday, Flowers and Bayreuth pulled off a mild upset over Telekom 77-64. Flowers had a solid game in the win, scoring 11 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Chris Moss – Defensor (Uruguay): The WVU big man had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and blocked three shots as Defensor defeated Universitario 90-71 last Friday.
D’or Fischer – Hapoel (Israel): In EuroCup play, Hapoel lost against Nizhny Novgorod of Russia 74-70 on Wednesday. Fischer pulled down 13 rebounds and scored eight points and, of course, blocked two shots in the game.