With the NBA in lockout mode, I thought it would be interesting to start keeping a closer eye on ex-Duke players plying their trade in Europe and elsewhere. Jon Scheyer's signing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv got some publicity here earlier this summer, but he is one of many players to make a move this summer.
DeMarcus Nelson played for the French runners up last season, but he is moving to the Ukraine to play for defending champions BC Donetsk. He will get another chance to qualify for the Euroleague, which he played in last season.
Here is the translated version of the news from the team:
Daniel Ewing was the best player in Poland last season and now he too will be playing in Ukraine with runners up BC Azovmash Mariupol. Unfortunately he is moving from a perennial Euroleague team to one that will only be in qualifying for the second-tier competition, the Eurocup.
Here is the news from the EuroCup website:
Marty Pocius should have his official move announced at any time now as he is set to move from the Lithuanian champions to Spanish superpower and Euroleague semifinalists Real Madrid. Since Marty has one year left on his deal with Zalgiris Kaunas, it looks like he and Madrid will have to come up with 700,000 euros for a buy-out. This is definitely exciting news for him and switching Euroleague teams will put him in a group against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, so Marty and Jon should have some battles this year as Daniel and DeMarcus will as well.
Those will probably be the main players among the men's alums to play in Europe. We will see if William Avery will play again this season after he spent the second half of last season in Poland. Former's women's teams players will probably reveal their destinations for the European season as the WNBA season draws to a close. These players may be the main alums that we track in professional basketball this fall!
Great idea for a thread, and thanks for the info.
I'm undoubtedly very much in a minority on this point, but I find Euro ball just more interesting than the NBA. Of course our guys hope to make it to the NBA, but there's big-time competition in several countries in Europe, real money to be made, and cultural experiences that are eye-opening and mind-expanding [no joke intended].
Though I wouldn't go so far as to hope our guys fail in their respective NBA-quests, I will be happy to follow their careers elsewhere. So thanks again for the links.
Here is the official link to Real Madrid site announcing Marty's signing:
Sorry Marty, I'll root for you individually, but that is just not a club I can root for in any sport.
Before the European club season starts, Eurobasket 2011, which features the national teams, will get going at the end of the month. (There is also one of these for the Americas, which Coach K and Team USA would have played in if they had not already qualified for the 2012 Olympics)
Two Dukies are slated to be involved with slightly different goals. Luol Deng and Team Great Britain are already qualified since the Olympics are in London, so they will be trying to build team chemistry to put forward a good effort for the home fans next summer. He just got insurance last week so he has not played in the exhibition games thus far (official British English term is "test event"). Obviously he will be a lock for the final roster, while Eric Boateng also looks like a likely participant. Once Luol gets involves, I will post what I can find on his stats. Boateng had 13 points and 6 boards in their first game against the Netherlands and grabbed another 14 rebounds against Nigeria to win the MVP of the weekend tournament. Reports are here:
Marty Pocius has one more cut to survive for Lithuania, but he looks likely to make it. They will be looking to qualify for the Olympics and put on a good show for the home fans since they are hosting the tournament. Marty has played in both exhibition games so far with 7 points in 15 minutes in a loss to Slovenia and 7 points in 26 minutes as a starter in a win over the Czech Republic. Boxscores can be found here:
The current Duke team is not the only one to defeat a Chinese national team. Luol Deng made his debut Saturday in Great Britain's 64-56 win over the full Chinese team. He had 15 points and 5 in 26 minutes and followed that up today with 26 points and 9 rebounds in a 91-90 overtime loss to Australia. They have one exhibition left against Latvia before opening Eurobasket against Marty and Lithuania. More information at these links:
Marty has kept busy since the last update with 5 more exhibition games. He 7 points in 23 minutes in a 91-76 loss to Russia, 6 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes in a 90-78 loss to Spain, 6 points in 21 minutes in an 88-76 win over Spain, 2 points in 15 minutes in an 88-80 loss to Russia, and 13 points in 26 minutes in a 95-75 win over Latvia. Soon there will be some competitive games to look forward to and then the club season will start! Here are boxscores for all those games:
Many thanks to awhom111 for these thorough updates, especially appropriate as our guys are just now spreading the Devils' gospel internationally.
Five minutes to liftoff.
Thanks for the kind words, gumbomoop.
Now that we have another Duke player in Europe I think it would be a good time to highlight some of the games that will feature 2 Blue Devils:
August 31st will see Marty Pocius and Lithuania face off against Luol Deng and Great Britain in the opening game of Eurobasket 2011. Eric Boateng may also be involved, but it is not certain whether he will make the final cut (the other two are virtual locks).
November 2nd will feature a clash between Euroleague giants when Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv face off against Marty Pocius and Real Madrid. The return match will occur on December 7th.
Should the NBA lockout extend well into the new year, Kyle Singler and Alicante will face Marty and Real Madrid on January 15th and April 15th.
Daniel Ewing and DeMarcus Nelson will face off several times as well this season, but the schedule has not been released in Ukraine yet.
One more update for the final warmup internation matches will come before the start of Eurobasket.
All Eurobasket games as well as the more local FIBA Americas games will be on ESPN3, so you can check out the Dukies involved, a few NBA players and possibly a few stars of tomorrow if you need a bit of a basketball fix.
After all the cuts were made, all 3 former Duke players will be involved in Eurobasket. Here is the Great Britain announcement confirming that Luol Deng and Eric Boateng are on the final roster:
There are a few final exhibition games to wrap up. Marty Pocius had 1 point in 25 minutes in an 80-66 loss to Slovenia and 2 points and 4 assists in 19 minutes during an 88-80 win over Georgia. Luol had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes and Eric had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes as Great Britain lost to Latvia 74-51. Here are the boxscores:
Here are the schedules for Great Britain and Lithuania in the preliminary rounds if you want to know when to check ESPN3. All times Eastern.
Wed, 8/31, 2pm vs Lithuania
Thu, 9/1, 10:45am vs Turkey
Fri, 9/2, 8:15am vs Spain
Sun, 9/4, 8:15am vs Portugal
Mon, 9/5, 8:15am vs Poland
Wed, 8/31, 2pm vs Great Britain
Thu, 9/1, 2pm vs Poland
Fri, 9/2, 2pm vs Turkey
Sun, 9/4, 2pm vs Spain
Mon, 9/5, 2pm vs Portugal
The battle between ex-Duke players took place earlier today and it was the hosts Lithuania who prevailed over Great Britain 80-69 after falling behind in the 3rd quarter. Luol Deng scored 25 points and grabbed 10 boards and played all 40 minutes, but he did get called for a charge drawn by Marty Pocius, who scored 6 points in 22 minutes. Eric Boateng's only contribution to the boxscore was a foul in his 4 minutes of play. It is a quick turnaround for both teams as they are back in action tomorrow. Here is the boxscore:
Club teams are preparing even without their international players and Demarcus Nelson has been busy with BC Donetsk. He scored 10 points on 5 for 5 shooting in 14 minutes, but also picked up 5 fouls as his team defeated Hemofarm from Serbia, 96-73. He also scored 11 points in an 89-61 win over Enisey from Russia. Here is one boxscore:
As noted on the front page, Jon Scheyer arrived in Israel. Here is the story from the Maccabi Tel-Aviv official website:
Kyle Singler was also introduced in Spain. Here are a couple of stories from his team's official website in Spanish:
His arrival and medical with a picture: http://www.cblucentum.com/principal/...-11&Itemid=118
His introduction: http://www.cblucentum.com/principal/...-11&Itemid=118
Many thanks to awhom111 for these updates and links.
I encourage awhom111 - and others - to comment generally on Euroball, what makes it more, or less, interesting than NBA, its style(s) of play, its strengths and weaknesses, coaches, fans, whatever.
Seems this would be of some interest to many posters on EK, given K's involvement with international ball, his obvious joy in coaching U.S. pros against the world's best, and the overall internationalization of the game.
To me, the world of basketball outside the USA is interesting because there are so many competitions and different events to keep track of. For example, Jon and Maccabi Tel-Aviv will be trying to win the Israeli domestic league, the Euroleague, and the Adriatic League which mostly involves teams from the Balkans. Marty will be competing for the Spanish League and the Euroleague as well as a number of smaller tournaments in Spain. Last season he was playing for the Lithuanian league, the Euroleague, the VTB United League, which features many teams from the old Soviet Union, and the Baltic League. It is like following college sports and looking at a number of different conferences. From a quality perspective, it is still a little below the NBA level, but there are plenty of skilled players, some of whom were just not quite good enough to play in the NBA, and plenty of future pro prospects. The Americans who go over there and take it very seriously can put together a good career and make their way back to the USA like Anthony Parker did or become famous players there like Trajan Langdon. The fan atmosphere is often a little more intense than the NBA and is more similar to college-type environments. At the end of the day, it is just another large world of basketball for immersion. As the internet has grown in sophistication, it has become easier to find out information and get foreign news articles translated, which is good for us on this side of the Atlantic.
Back to the Eurobasket and other updates:
Marty had a very solid game today as Lithuania showed more strength in defeating Poland 97-77. He had 10 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes. Luol was the main threat again for Great Britain, but they fell short against Turkey, 90-61. He finally managed some rest after the game got out of hand, but he had 22 points and 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Eric Boateng got more involved with 4 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. 3 out of 6 teams in this group will qualify, but Great Britain faces a bit of a challenge with Spain next. Here are the boxscores:
Club preparations continue for the Euroleague qualifiers. DeMarcus Nelson and BC Donetsk won again in Serbia, beating Radnicki Kragujevac 73-60. DeMarcus had 10 points in the game. Rumors about Corey Maggette moving to Greece continue as PAOK (not to be confused with PAO, the abbreviation for the more famous Panathinaikos) appears to be interested in having him while the Lockout is still going on. We will see when a deal is officially announced.
I gather that basketball in Europe has a rhythm similar to football/soccer, and therefore quite different from our basketball season, whether college or NBA. As one who has gradually abandoned much interest in the NBA - a minority but no longer rare viewpoint - I'll hope that one result of the lockout is that perhaps American tv will pick up a few European games.
Basketball is structured quite a bit like soccer. Many of the historical clubs in Europe have both soccer and basketball teams. There are a lot of smaller clubs that just play in their national leagues like Kyle while this year. All the other Dukies that have a contract for this season will be playing in continent-wide competition.
Back to our usual Euroleague and exhibition game updates:
DeMarcus Nelson and BC Donetsk continued their preseason with another win in Serbia. DeMarcus had 12 points and 5 assists in a 75-67 win.
Luol Deng and Great Britain continued to fight against stronger opposition, but they fell to Spain 86-69. Luol had 17 points in 33 minutes while Eric Boateng rather impressively managed 5 fouls in 5 minutes.
Marty Pocius and Lithuania continue to ride the home crowd to victory beating Turkey 75-68. Marty had 9 points in 22 minutes as his team looks like they are in good shape for the next round.
Here is a nice feature on Luol Deng and his involvement with South Sudan, Great Britain, and the Bulls:
That's a very nice article. ESPN seems to be getting in a bit of International Basketball coverage while we wait for the lockout to sort itself out. Speaking of Luol, here is the latest from Eurobasket:
Great Britain finally got to play a game in which they were the favorites and they managed a solid 85-73 victory. Luol was a big part of the win as he scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists in 38 minutes. Eric Boateng had minimal involvement in a minute of play. Marty and Lithuania faced a tough task in facing a Spain team that they had beat in the warmups to the tournament. Spain already started blowing them out before Marty got into the game and he helped keep it respectable as it finished 91-79 after a 26 point halftime deficit. Marty finished with 11 points in 25 minutes. Here are the boxscores:
Club preparations continue as key qualifiers take place at the end of this month. Daniel Ewing and Azovmash challenged themselves with a tough game against Efes Pilsen. Daniel scored 15 points, but the Turkish team won 88-87 behind 30 points from Sasha Vujacic.
The end of the first stage of Eurobasket is complete and we will have one Dukie moving on. Luol Deng and Great Britain had a near impossible path to qualification at the start of the day, but they took care of their business against Poland and won 88-81. Luol had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists as he continued to do everything in his power to keep his team going. The win was not enough as the next game saw already-qualified Spain take it easy against Turkey, resting Paul Gasol and handing their opposition the game in the 4th quarter. Great Britain is done for the tournament, but looked solid and capable of playing well in front of the home fans next summer.
Lithuania's qualification was already secure and they were facing less challenging opposition in the form of Portugal, so there was plenty of experimentation. Marty got the start and put in a good effort with 14 points in 22 minutes to tie the team lead and work for the 98-69 victory. The hosts move on to the second stage of six teams, which includes the other qualifiers, Spain and Turkey. They will face the 3 teams that qualified from Group B, France, Serbia, and Germany. The other six team group includes Macedonia, Greece, and surprise package Finland from Group C and Russia, Slovenia, and Georgia from Group D. Here is the ESPN3 schedule for Lithuania (all times Eastern Daylight Time):
Wed, 9/7, 2pm vs Serbia
Fri, 9/9, 2pm vs France
Sun, 9/9, 2pm vs Germany
Here are the boxscores from today:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continues to go through tough exhibitions in preparation for the new season. They pulled out a solid win against Montepaschi Siena from Italy as Daniel contributed 9 points to the 81-76 win.
The latest from Eurobasket:
The second round started today and Marty Pocius and hosts Lithuania are set to face a few solid teams. Serbia was up first and Marty put in a solid effort with 13 points in 22 minutes during a 100-90 win. In other games, Tony Parker led France to a victory over Turkey and Spain's Gasol frontcourt outscored Nowitzki and Kaman for Germany 43-34 to lead their team to victory. With 2 games left and 4 out of 6 teams qualifying to the next round the standings are as follows:
Here is the boxscore from the Lithuania game:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continued preseason preparations with an 84-80 victory over Turk Telekom, who surprisingly hail from Turkey. Daniel led his team with 22 points.
Of course Duke is not the only school taking their overseas tour this summer. Coach Dawkins has his team in Spain right now as he is taking advantage of the Stanford quarter system to schedule games during most club team's preseason training. In addition to playing the big teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona, his team is scheduled to play the same Alicante team that Kyle Singler plays for.
Kyle Singler made his debut with Lucentum Alicante as they had that matchup with Coach Dawkins and Stanford. Kyle got off to a solid start as he led the team with 16 points in the 87-56 win. Stanford continues to struggle a bit on their tour, but they are playing some of the best professional teams in Spain.
Here is the story from Spain:
Here is the story from Stanford, which includes quotes from Coach Dawkins and Kyle:
The standings of the other Eurobasket group that does not include Lithuania are as follows (after 3 of 5 games):
The FIBA Americas tournament, which Coach K and Team USA would have played in if they had not won the World Championship is also taking place now. Brazil will face the Dominican Republic in one semifinal while hosts Argentina faces Puerto Rico. The winner qualify for London 2012 while the losers will join fifth-place Venzuela in the final qualification tournament for the Olympics.