Ryan Evans – Power Forward – Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Name:Ryan Evans
Born:June 19, 1990
Passport:American
Position:Power Forward
Height:203 cm / 6’8”
Team:Bakken Bears

Ryan Evans is a 203 cm (6’8”) long, athletic, crafty, and versatile power forward. Ryan is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot or to get teammates in position to score. His offensive strengths are ability to drive and finish around the rim, create his own shot by using shot fake, step-back and pull-up moves, and getting offensive rebounds and put-backs. Ryan can face-up and use his high IQ and skills to score, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. He is capable in playing pick and roll as a screener and/or ballhandler, which makes him a very versatile and hard player to defend. He is highly coachable and keeps it simple as he reads defense well. Ryan runs the floor well and makes excellent decisions in transition or half court situations. He is a versatile defender who uses his experience, athletic ability, and footwork to stop perimeter players or power forwards.

During 2019/2020 season, Ryan played for Bakken Bears in FIBA Europe Cup/Denmark. He was their most efficient player and one of the top players in FIBA Europe Cup. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup Games, Ryan averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds per game with 58% shooting from the field. Bakken Bears won Danish Championship, regular season title, Danish Cup and made the semi-finals of FIBA Europe Cup before the season was canceled. Below is one of his full FIBA Europe Cup games against German BBL team, Medi Bayreuth and Finish team Kataja.

26 Points and 13 rebounds vs.Bayreuth:

20 points and 13 rebounds vs. Kataja:

During 2018/2019 season, Ryan played for Bakken Bears in FIBA Europe Cup/Denmark. He was their most efficient player and one of the top players in FIBA Europe Cup. In 18 FIBA Europe Cup Games, Ryan averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game with 47% shooting from the field, 40% from behind the 3-point line, and 69% from the free throw line. Bakken Bears won Danish Championship and made the quarter-finals of FIBA Europe Cup. Ryan was named MVP of Danish league, as he averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game with 61% shooting from the field.

Before joining Bakken Bears, Ryan played for Cholet Basket and Hyeres-Toulon in French top league and averaged 8 points and 4.5 rebounds. During 2015/2016 season, Ryan had an outstanding season in French ProB league with Saint-Quentin as he averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game. Prior to his playing experience in France, he played for Atomeromu which is traditionally one of the best teams in Hungarian league. He averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. Below are some highlights from French and Hungarian leagues:

Prior to his international playing experience, Ryan played in G league for Sioux Falls Skyforce and averaged 8.5 points and 4 rebounds per game. During his 4 years at The University of Wisconsin he played for legendary coach Bo Ryan and they made it to the Final 4 of the NCAA tournament. As a starter, he averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game. Here are his college highlights:

CAREER

2019/2020Bakken Bears – Denmark/FIBA Europe Cup15ppg, 6rpg, FG: 58%
2018/2019Bakken Bears – Denmark/FIBA Europe Cup 13ppg, 5.5rpg, FG: 48%, 3PT: 40%
2017/2018Cholet Basket – French ProA League8ppg & 4.5rpg
2016/2017Hyeres-Toulon – French ProA League8ppg & 4rpg
2015/2016Saint-Quentin – French ProB League15ppg & 7rpg
2014/2015Atomeromu – Hungary13ppg & 6rpg
2013/2014Sioux Falls Skyforce – G League8.5ppg & 4.5rpg
2009/2013The University of Wisconsin11ppg & 7rpg

ACHIEVEMENTS

Danish Champion, Danish Regular Season Champion, and Danish Cup Champion 2019/2020
Danish League Champion and Danish League MVP 2018/2019
Arthur Ashe Student Athlete of the Year 2013
Big 10 Academic All-American 2013
Big 10 All Tournament Team 2013
Most Games Player in University of Wisconsin’s History (138)

Daniel Amigo – Center – FREE AGENT

Name: Daniel Amigo

Position: Center

Born: September 13, 1995

Height: 208 cm / 6’10″

Passports: American/Argentine/Mexican

Team: FREE AGENT

Daniel Amigo is a 208 cm (6’10”) center who has an outstanding all-around game. He is a tough, physical, smart, well-coached, and skilled center who keeps it very simple around the rim. On catches around the low post, Daniel keeps the ball high and finishes strong with either hand. He runs the floor well and uses spacing to drive his man to the basket from low post. Daniel can also step outside and shoot it from mid-range. He is a very skilled and unselfish passer which is one of his greatest attributes. In addition, Daniel welcomes physicality on defensive end and does an outstanding job in pick and roll defense, switch defense, and blocking shots with either hand.

During 2019/2020 season Daniel has been playing for Soles in Mexican top LNBP league. They finished the regular season in first place and won the LNBP Championship. As a starter in 54 games and 20 minutes per game, he averaged 10.3 points and 5 rebounds per game with 58% shooting from the field. After the season, Daniel signed to play for a Lithuanian team, Pieno Zvaigzdes. In a win against second ranked Lithuanian team, Lietkabelis, Daniel had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Lithuanian season was canceled shortly after this game, so Daniel only played in one game for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Below are four full games from NLBP:

19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists against Panteras

15 points against Aguacateros (semi-finals)

16 points and 5 rebounds against Capitanes

15 points and 8 rebounds against Capitanes

During 2018/2019 season, Daniel played for DEAC in Hungarian top league. In 24 minutes per game, he averaged 12 points per game and 6 rebounds per game with 56% shooting from the field. Below are highlights and a full game from Hungarian league:

19 points and 7 rebounds against JKSE

Daniel played college basketball at University of Denver where he earned All-Summit Conference selection in both junior and senior seasons. During his senior season he averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, and shot 52% from the field. During his junior season he averaged 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and shot 53% from the field. Below are his highlights and a full game from his senior season:

Career

2019/2020Soles – MEXICO/PIENO ZVAIGZDES – LITHUANIA20mpg, 10ppg, 5rpg, FG: 58%
2018/2019DEAC – HUNGARY24mpg, 12ppg, 6rpg, FG: 56%
2017/2018University of Denver- NCAA I15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, FG: 52% 
2016/2017University of Denver – NCAA I15.5ppg, 7.1rpg, FG: 53%
2015/2016
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2014/2015
University of Denver – NCAA I6ppg & 2ppg

Achievements

2019/2020 LNBP Mexican Regular Season Champ
2017/2018  All-Summit Conference 2nd Team
2016/2017  All-Summit Conference 2nd Team

Justin Gray – Forward – FREE AGENT

Name: Justin Gray
Born: December 15, 1995
Passport: American/U.S. Virgin Islands
Position: Forward
Height: 198 cm / 6’6″
Team: FREE AGENT

Justin Gray is a 198 cm (6’6”) forward who has an all-around game. He is long and athletic, and has a great one or two dribble pull-up or step-back shot from mid-range. Justin is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot or to get teammates in position to score. His biggest strength on offense is his mid-range game where he can face-up and use his athletic ability to elevate over defenders and shoot, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. Justin is a coachable player who keeps it simple and reads defense well. He runs the floor well, finishes strong, and makes excellent decisions in transition or half court offense. He is a great on-the-ball defender where he uses his size, athletic ability, and footwork to stop perimeter players and power forwards, which adds versatility to his defensive skill set. When guards are being pressured, he brings the ball up the floor and has the ability to start his team’s offense. Justin is a very reliable and consistent player that brings stability and competitive drive to his teams.

During the first part of 2019/202o season, Justin played for one of Kosovo’s top teams and last season’s finalist, Rahoveci. During his time spent with Rahoveci they had 10:0 record in Kosovo league. They beat last year’s champs and FIBA Europe Cup team, Prishtina. Justin averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game. They also played Balkan League. Below are highlights and two full games:

Full Game vs. Prishtina:

14 points & 14 rebounds in a win against Ponte Prizreni:

During 2018/2019 season, Justin played for Bristol Flyers in British League. He averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game and shot 42% from the field, 34% from behind the 3-point line, and 74% from the charity line. Below are highlights and some full games from British league:

24 points & 5 rebounds vs. Plymouth

20 points, 10 rebounds, & 2 steals vs. Worchester

25 points, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals vs. Manchester

During his 4-years at Texas Tech University he played for two great coaches, Chris Beard and Tubby Smith. Throughout his college career he played an average of 24 minutes per game and averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds per game and shot 50% from the field and 80% from the free throw line. During his senior season, the team made it to Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament and finished 2nd in Big 12 Conference. This was Texas Tech’s most accomplished season ever. He was All-Big 12 Academic 1st Team during last three of his four seasons and All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team  during his freshman year at Texas Tech University. Below are his highlights from his senior season:

In his years at Texas Tech University he had some outstanding games versus top ranked teams:

23 points & 7 rebounds vs. Kansas State (GAME BELOW)

20 points & 7 rebounds vs. No. 1 ranked Oklahoma (GAME BELOW)

18 points vs. TCU

17 points vs. No. 21 ranked Baylor

16 points vs. Oklahoma State

13 points & 10 rebounds vs. No. 5 ranked Baylor

15 points vs. No. 14 ranked Iowa State

15 points vs. No. 10 ranked West Virginia

12 points, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals vs No. 10 ranked Kansas (GAME BELOW)

12 points & 7 rebounds vs. No. 11 ranked Purdue (GAME BELOW)

Below are his highlights from his junior season:

He has been a member of U.S. Virgin Islands’ National Team. In a win against Canada, Justin had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Below are highlights from that game:

Career

2019/2020 BK Rahoveci – BALKAN LEAGUE/KOSOVO 14ppg & 8rpg
2018/2019 Bristol Flyers – UK 14ppg, 5rpg, 1.2spg
2017/2018

 

2016/2017

2015/2016

2014/2015

Texas Tech University -NCAA I 5ppg, 4rpg, FG: 47%, FT: 8o%

 

9ppg, 5rpg, FG: 53%, FT: 73%   

9ppg, 4rpg, FG: 51%, FT: 78%

7ppg, 3rpg, FG: 49%, FT: 72%

                                 

     
     

Achievements

 2017/2018 Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament
 2018/2017, 2016/2017, 2015/2016 All-Big 12 Academic 1st Team
2014/2015 All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team

Videos

#5 in black: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals vs. No. 10 ranked Kansas

https://youtu.be/SLqf1gGmnwM

23 points & 7 rebounds vs. Kansas State

20 points, 7 rebounds, & 3 assists vs. No. 1 ranked Oklahoma

12 points & 7 rebounds vs. No. 11 ranked Purdue University

Brooks Miller – Head Coach – Trine University

Coach Brooks Miller has more than 17 years of collegiate basketball playing and coaching experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight at Texas Tech University. Coach Miller’s eight-year career as head coach at Trine University has included eight consecutive top-four MIAA finishes which culminated in the 2019 MIAA Regular-Season Championship. The 2019 MIAA Title was the first MIAA Championship in Trine history. with an overall record of 124-84 (0.60). 

The Thunder have also compiled a 68-44 MIAA record and advanced to the post season each year under Coach Miller. In 2016, they advanced to the MIAA Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history after defeating No. 5 Hope College.

In 2015-16, the Thunder set a school record for most wins in the NCAA Division III era in a season at 18, topping the 2014-15 team’s record of 17 victories. The 2015-16 team also tied the Trine University/Tri-State University record for best start (10-1) to a season as well as achieving the University’s first-ever NCAA DIII National ranking, debuting in the poll on Jan. 4, 2016 at No. 23. The team was led by senior Jared Holmquist, who was named the 2016 Capitol One Academic All-American Player of the Year. Junior Will Dixon was also named to the All-MIAA First Team for the second year in a row for his performance in 2015-16.

In Coach Miller’s time at Trine University, the Thunder have produced seven players that have earned eight different selections to the All-MIAA First Team, including 2013 MIAA Player of the Year and Third Team All-American Ian Jackson (2012, 2013)Scott Rogers (2012), Tyler Good (2014), Will Dixon (2015, 2016, 2017), and Jared Holmquist (2015, 2016) have also been named First Team All-MIAA. Ellis Cummings was also named the 2017 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach Miller’s basketball career started when he was a player at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. At Hillsdale College in 2003, he was selected team captain, Academic All-Conference, and team Defensive Player of the Year. Hillsdale College reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament in back to back years for the first time in school history during Miller’s sophomore and junior season’s in 2001 and 2002.

After college, Coach Miller worked as the head assistant men’s basketball coach at Hillsdale College. He helped coach and or recruit five All-Conference players. In 2007, he served as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight at Texas Tech University and was involved with on-campus recruiting and player development. In 2009, he became the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at South Plains College. While at South Plains College, Coach Miller coached and recruited nine future NCAA Division I players.

Coach Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Physical Education from Hillsdale College and a Master’s degree in Exercise Sport Science from Texas Tech University.

COACHING CAREER:

2011-Present, Trine University, Head Coach

2009-2011, South Plains College, Head Assistant Coach

2007-2009, Texas Tech University, Graduate Assistant Coach

2004-2007, Hillsdale College, Assistant Coach

ACHIEVEMENTS:

2019 MIAA Regular-Season Championship

COACHING/PRACTICE VIDEOS:

Darko Jukic – Shooting Guard/Point Forward – Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Name: Darko Jukic
Born: August 23, 1990
Passport: Danish
Position: Shooting Guard/Point Forward
Height: 199 cm / 6’6″
Team: Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Darko Jukic is a 199 cm (6’6”) versatile and highly skilled shooting guard/ point forward who is a crafty scorer and passer. Darko is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot or to get teammates in position to score. His offensive strengths are great all-around game, ability to drive and draw a foul, create his own shot using step-back and pull-up moves, and shooting 3-point shots off dribble or in spot-up situations. Darko can face-up smaller players and use his athletic ability and skills to shoot over defenders, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. In pick and roll play he is versatile because of his ability to  read the defense. He is highly coachable and keeps it simple as he reads defense well. Darko runs the floor well and makes excellent decisions in transition and half court situations. He is a versatile defender who uses his athletic ability, size, experience, and footwork to stop shooting guards or forwards.

During 2019/2020 season, Darko won Danish Cup with Bakken Bears and made it to the semi-finals of FIBA Europe Cup before the season got canceled. He had an outstanding season for Bakken in 11 FIBA Europe Cup games as he averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds with 56% from the field, 37.5% from behind the 3-point line, and 80% from the free throw line.

During 2018/2019 season, Darko won Danish Championship with Bakken Bears. In 25 minutes per game in FIBA Europe Cup, he averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and shot 52% from the field, 32% from behind the 3-point line, and 86% from the charity line. Bakken Bears lost to Wuerzburg in quarter-finals of FIBA Europe Cup. In Finals of the domestic league, they beat Horsens IC 4:0 to win Danish Championship. Here are his highlights:

During 2017/2018 season, Darko played for Bakken Bears in Danish league and FIBA Europe Cup. He won Danish league and cup championships and played in the Final 4 of FIBA Europe Cup. He averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds and shot 56% from the field, 37% from behind the 3-point line, and 70% from the free throw line.

During 2016/2017 season, Darko played for Krka in Slovenian league and Adriatic (ABA) league. He won Slovenian Super Cup and averaged 7 ppg and 2.5 rpg. During 2015/2016 season, Darko played for Bakken Bears in Danish league and FIBA Europe Cup. He won Danish Cup and averaged 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Darko  spent 2014/2015 season playing for Swedish champions, Sodertalje Kings. He won Swedish championship with them as he averaged 16 points per game and 4 rebounds per game, and shot 55% from the field, 31% from the 3-point line, and 80% from the charity line. He was named Swedish league All-Bosmans 1st team. In 6 EuroChallenge games, Darko averaged 17.5 ppg and 4 rpg, and shot incredible 69% from the field, 42% from behind the 3-point line, and 75% from the free throw line.

Prior to Sweden, Darko played for Jesi in Italian 2nd division where he averaged 8.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. During 20012/2013 season, Darko played for Horsens IC and was MVP of Danish league. He averaged 21.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game.

Career

2019/2020 – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

13ppg, 4rpg, FG: 57%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 80%

2018/2019 – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

10ppg, 5rpg, 4apg, FG: 52%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 86%

2017/2018 – Bakken Bears – Denmark/FIBA Europe Cup

12ppg & 4rpg, FG: 56%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 70%

2016/2017 – Krka – Slovenia/Adriatic League

7ppg & 2.5rpg

2015/2016 – Bakken Bears – Denmark/FIBA Europe Cup

15ppg & 4rpg

2014/2015 – Sodertalje Kings- Sweden/EuropeChallenge

17ppg & 4rpg

2013/2014 – Jesi – Italy 2

8.5ppg & 4.5rpg

2012/2013 – Horsens IC – Danish League

21.5ppg, 9rpg, & 4apg

Achievements

2018/2019 Danish Champion
2017/2018 Danish Champion & Danish Cup Champion
2016/2017 Slovenian Cup Champion
2015/2016 Danish Cup Champion
2014/2015 Swedish League Champion
2012/2013 Danish League MVP

Videos

Highlights:

2019/2020 Full Games – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

#8 in white: 15 points & 5 assists vs Benfica

#8 in black: 20 points & 4 rebounds vs. Tsmoki-Minsk

2018/2019 Full Games – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

#8 in white: 19 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 assists vs. Avtodor Saratov

#8 in white: 26 points, 5 rebounds, & 3 assists vs. Cherkasy 

#8 in white: 14 points, 6 assists, & 3 rebounds vs. Steaua Bucuresti

2017/2018 Full Games – FIBA Europe Cup

#8 in White: Bakken Bears vs. Szolnok – 20 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds

Bakken vs. Ventspils – 17 points, 6 rebounds, & 2 assists

Le Portel vs. Bakken Bears – 18 points & 5 rebounds

Petar Aleksic – Head Coach – Fribourg (Basketball Champions League)

Date of Birth: November 2, 1968

Nationality: Serbian and Swiss

Native Language: Serbian

Fluent Languages: English and German

Intermediate Languages (Basic Knowledge): French and Russian

Degree: University Degree in Sports and Education (The University of Novi Sad)

FIBA Certified Coaching License #: 2012025659

For more than 35 years, Coach Petar Aleksic has been involved in basketball. As a player, he played basketball for 17 years in Yugoslavian I-A and I-B divisions, as well as internationally in Hungary and Switzerland. During his long professional playing career, he played for Leotar Trebinje (Bosnia), BBC Nyon (Switzerland), Union Neuchatel (Switzerland), ZTE (Hungary), FMP Zeleznik (Serbia), NAP Novi Sad (ex-Yugoslavia/Serbia), KK Zagreb (ex-Yugoslavia/Croatia), and JUG Dubrovnik (ex-Yugoslavia/Croatia). In 2004, he began his very successful coaching career, where he worked for the best clubs in ex-Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Additionally, he has coached the most established teams in Austria and Switzerland, as well as Swiss U20 National Team and Swiss Senior National Team. As a player and coach, he won multiple championships and cup titles.

Coach Aleksic can be described as a high integrity hard-working go-getter whose style of coaching is a combination of “old school” mentality and modern principals in regards to maximizing his players’ skills and talents, motivating them, and putting them in situations where they can be successful. Throughout his coaching career he has been the underdog, which prepared him best to win against some of the best competition in Europe. He brings a great deal of basketball knowledge, player development, in-game experience and team-management. His teams are known to be tough high-chemistry teams that  emphasize togetherness, decision-making, defense, rebounding, and proper game execution and control. Coach Aleksic is highly respected in Switzerland as well as internationally. With the Swiss National Team after beating Belgium, Germany, Egypt, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Austria, Denmark, and Iceland, he advanced to play in second stage in which they beat Russia.

During last three seasons at Fribourg Olumpic, he won 3 Swiss Championships and 5 Swiss cups. Coach Aleksic earned numerous Coach of The Year honors in Switzerland. His career head coaching winning record is at 0.78. This season during Basketball Champions League Qualifiers, under his leadership Fribourg Olympic was able to beat Avtodor, Groningen, and Sakarya in order to advance to play in group phase

COACHING CAREER:

2013-2019, FRIBOURG OLYMPIC (SWISS TOP LEAGUE & BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

2013-2017, SWISS NATIONAL TEAM

2011-2013, BBC MONTHEY (SWISS LNA LEAGUE)

2011-2012, SWISS U20 NATIONAL TEAM

2010-2011, UNION NEUCHATEL (SWISS LNA LEAGUE)

2007-2009, ALBA BERLIN (BBL LEAGUE/EUROLEAGUE), Assistant Coach

2006-2007, UNION NEUCHATEL (SWISS LNA LEAGUE)

2005-2006, EUROTECH BASKETS FELDKIRCH (TOP AUSTRIAN LEAGUE)

2004-2005, EUROTECH BASKETS FELDKIRCH (2nd AUSTRIAN LEAGUE)

ACHIEVEMENTS:

2018-2019: Swiss League Champion, Regular Season Swiss Champion, & Swiss Cup Champion

2018-2019: Swiss League Coach of the Year

2018-2019: Qualified to Play Basketball Champions League after Beating Avtodor, Groningen, and Sakarya

2017-2018: Swiss League Champion, Regular Season Swiss Champion, Swiss Cup Champion, Swiss League Cup Winner

2017-2018: Swiss League Coach of the Year

2016-2017: Regular Season Swiss Champion & Swiss League Cup Finalist

2015-2016: Swiss League Champion, Swiss Cup Champion, Regular Season Swiss Champion, & Swiss League Cup Finalist

2015-2016: Swiss League Coach of the Year

2014-2015: Swiss League Cup Finalist & Swiss Cup Finalist

2013-2014: Swiss League Finalist

2011-2012: Swiss Cup Finalist & Swiss Coach of the Year

2010-2011: Swiss League Finalist & Swiss League Coach of the Year

2008-2009: German Cup Champion & Assistant Coach of ALBA (Top 16 Euroleague Team)

2007-2008: German BBL Champion (ALBA)

2004-2005: Austrian 2nd Division League Champion & Austrian 2nd Division Coach of the Year

BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAMES (2018-2019):

Road win vs. German team Telekom Baskets Bonn

Road win vs. Turkish team Sakarya

Win vs. Russian team Avtodor Saratov

Road win vs. Holland’s champs, Groningen

Win vs. Czech Republic team Opava

Overtime Loss vs. Umana Venezia

News

We are excited to announce the signing of JOHN ROBERSON with South East Melbourne Phoenix in Australian NBL. Last season at Enisey in VTB league, John averaged 14.5ppg and 5.6apg. australiabasket.com/Australia/news…
 
 
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We are excited to announce the signing of LARRY SLAUGHTER for one more season with. Villars finished the regular season in 2nd place and lost in semi-finals of Swiss NLB playoffs. Larry averaged 19ppg & 11rpg.Last season, Villars won Swiss NLB championship.Congrats!
 
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We are excited to announce the signing of TYLOR ONGWAE for ONE MORE SEASON with BAKKEN BEARS. Congrats CHAMPS!!!
 
 
We are excited to announce the signing of JUSTIN ROBERSON with Russian Superleague 1 team, BUREVESTNIK. We want to thank FRIBOURG & COACH PETAR ALEKSIC for investing in Justin for 2 years. They won Swiss Cup & Championship & played in Champions League.
 
 
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We are excited to announce the signing of Eric Garcia with Soles in Mexico!!!
 
We are excited to announce the signing of TRORAN BROWN with Slovakian finalist, BC Prievidza. Thanks to Coach Petar Aleksic from Fribourg & Montevallo’s coach Danny Young for investing & believing in Troran. Check out his highlight:
Troran Brown Highlights
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We are pleased to announce the signing of JAYE CROCKETT with Anibal Zahle in Lebanon. Last season, Jaye played for Le Portel in France. Here is his profile:
 
 
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We are excited to announce the signing of JAMAAR TAYLOR with Kordall Steelers in Luxembourg. His senior year at Montevallo, he averaged 24ppg and 5rpg. Here is his profile:
 
 
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We are excited to announce the signing of JUSTIN GRAY with KB Rahoveci in Kosovo. Last season with Bristol Flyers in UK Justin averaged 14ppg & 5rpg. The Kosovo league finalist, KB Rahoveci, will compete in the Balkan League as well as FIBA Europe Cup qualifiers.
 
 
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We are excited to announce re-signing of JJ DOUGLAS with Olomoucko in Czech league. This past season, they finished 3rd, & JJ was PLAYER OF THE YEAR, 1st in the league in points (20.5ppg) & efficiency (27RNK), 2nd in rebounds (9.7rpg), & 3rd in steals (1.3spg).
 
 
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LATEST SIGNINGS:

John Roberson signed a 2-year deal with French team Asvel and will compete in EuroCup and French ProA leagues. Last season, he won French ProA league, earned the MVP of French All-Star Game, and was FIBA Europe Cup finalist. In both FIBA Europe Cup and ProA competitions, John averaged 16 points and 7 assists per game with outstanding shooting percentages.

Jaye Crockett signed with Bakken Bears who will compete in qualifications for Basketball Champions League and Danish league where they won the championship and cup last year. Last season, Jaye averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds in Italian 2nd division.

Tylor Ongwae will have a tryout with Texas Legends of NBA G League. Last season, Tylor averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds for Taranaki in New Zealand and 11 points and 4 rebounds for Swedish Sodertalje in FIBA Europe Cup.

Justin Roberson signed with Massagno in Swiss top LNA league. Last season, Justin averaged 11.5 points per game for one of the league’s top teams, Fribourg Olympic.

Troran Brown signed to play for Villars in Swiss LNB league. Last season, Troran averaged 9 points per game for Fribourg Olympic.

J.J. Douglas who was NCAA II All-American last year at University of Montevallo, signed to play for Lefke in Cyprus’ North League. Last season, Lefke was the finalist and will compete for the championship again this coming season. This past summer after graduating from college, J.J. averaged 30 ppg for Sol de America in Paraguay.

Xavier Smith signed to play in Cyprus’ North League. Xavier, last year’s NAIA All-American at Oklahoma City University, will play for Girne whose coach won last two championships.

Warren Hall, NAIA II National Player of the Year last year for Warner University, will compete for the second team of the most decorated Swiss team, Fribourg Olympic.

SUMMER 2017 NEWS:

We are proud of John Roberson, Jaye Crockett, and J.J. Douglas in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament on ESPN. The players played for Matadors and beat Washington Generals in the first game. John Roberson had 17 points and hit a 3-point shot late in the game to help the team secure the win. Jaye Crockett had 12 points and was the energy guy throughout the game.

In the second game versus 2-year champions, Overseas Elite, Matadors lost by 11 points. John Roberson scored 15 points while J.J. Douglas had 17 points. Highlights of both games are below.

Javonte ‘JJ’ Douglas – Forward/Power Forward – FREE AGENT

Name: Javonte ‘J J’ Douglas
Born: November 28, 1992
Passport: American
Position: Forward/Power Forward
Height: 202 cm / 6’8″
Team: FREE AGENT

Javonte “J J” Douglas is a 202 cm (6’8”) versatile forward/power forward who can score in various ways. He is long and athletic, and has a great one or two dribble pull-up and step-back shot from mid-range. J J is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot. His biggest strength on offense is his mid-range game where he can face-up and use his athletic ability to elevate over defenders and shoot, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. As a great rebounder, he puts himself in a position to get second shot opportunities which is essential to his team. He is a coachable player who keeps it simple and reads defense well. J J  runs the floor well and makes excellent decisions in transition or half court offense. In addition, he is a solid on-the-ball defender and uses his size and athletic ability to stop players from driving or shooting over him.

During 2019/2020 season, J J played for Olomoucko in Czech Republic. He averaged 17ppg and 11rpg, with 55% shooting from the field, 37% from the 3-point line, and 80% behind the free throw line. 

During 2018/2019 season, J J played for Olomoucko in Czech Republic. He is averaging 21ppg (1st), 10rpg (2nd),  3apg, and 1.3sppg (4th) with 62% shooting from the field. He is leading the league in efficiency with 28 RNK. In addition, J J scored 26 points in Czech All-Star Game and won 1-on-1 challenge competition. He earned 8 Player of the Week honors throughout this season and was Player of the Month in March. J J WAS NAMED MVP OF CZECH KOOPERATIVE LEAGUE this season. Olomoucko finished in 3rd place in the regular season and in Czech Cup. In quarter-finals of Playoffs, they beat Pardubice (4:0) and will be competing in semi-finals. Below are highlights from this season and two full games against top teams in Czech Republic:

2018/2019 Czech league highlights

27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists vs. Champions League team, Opava

30 points & 8 rebounds vs. Czech champs/Champions League team, Nymburk

During 2017/2018 season, J.J. played for Lefke in North Cyprus league. He averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds per game. Lefke finished 2nd in the regular season and won two cup tilles. In April 2018, J.J. signed to play for Taranaki Mountainairs in New Zealand. He was named 2nd team All-New Zealand selection and averaged 21.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game and show 54% from the field and 42% from behind the 3-point line. Below are highlights from New Zealand’s league:

After graduating from The University of Montevallo, J.J. played playoffs for Sol de America basketball club in Paraguay. They finished 3rd in the league and he averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds per game. Below are the highlights from Paraguayan league:

In July, he played for Matadors in THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. The team won the first game versus Washington Generals and lost by 11 points to 3-year champs, Overseas Elite. In the game against Overseas Elite, he led the team in scoring with 17 points. His TBT teammates were John Roberson (Enisey), Jaye Crockett (Le Portel), Rion Brown (Promitheas), Toddrick Gotcher (Ifestos), Quantez Robertson (Frankfurt), Ronald Ross (Keravnos), Terell Parks (Promitheas), Quincy Diggs (Aalstar), and otherss. Below are highlights from TBT:

During the 2016/2017 season, J.J. was a NCAA Division II All-American at The University of Montevallo. The team finished as the Peach Belt Conference co-champions and J.J. was named a first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection. In 2017, J.J. was one of 50 finalists for the Bevo Francis Award recognizing the top small college basketball player in the nation. J.J., a four-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week selection, led the conference in three separate statistical categories. He averaged a conference-high 24.2 points per game and a conference-best 11.3 rebounds per game to go along with a conference-leading 46.5 percent (40-of-86) shooting from beyond the 3-point line. J.J. is the only player nationally in NCAA Division II to be ranked in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. He finished in double figures in scoring in every game he played in and posted a conference-leading 14 double-doubles this season. J.J. scored in double figures in all 22 games he played in for the University of Montevalllo this season. In NABC All-Star Game, J.J. scored 23 points. During the 2015/2016 season, J.J. redshirted in his first season with The University of Montevallo. Below are his college highlights from The University of Montevallo:

During the 2013/2014 season, J.J. played at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida. He was named a second team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. J. J. was also named the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and averaged 17.2 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game.

During the 2012/2013 season, J.J. competed at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. He earned honorable mention National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honors, first team All-Region honors, and was the Most Valuable Player in the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. J.J. averaged 16.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Career

2019/2020

2018/2019

Olomoucko – CZECH REPUBLIC 17ppg, 11ppg, FG: 55%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 80%

21ppg, 10rpg, 3apg, 1.3spg, FG: 62%

2017/2018 Taranaki – NEW ZEALAND                                                  

Lefke – NORTH CYPRUS  

Sol de America – PARAGUAY

21.6ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54%, 3PT: 41%                              

24ppg, 8rpg

30ppg, 10rpg, 3PT: 40%, FT: 80%

2016/2017

2013/2014

University of Montevallo – NCAA II

College of Central Florida – JUCO 

24.2ppg, 11.3rpg, FG: 53%, 3PT: 46.5%, FT: 78%

17.2pg, 9.1rpg

2012/2013 Hill College – JUCO  16.3ppg, 6.5rpg

Achievements

 2018/2019 MVP of Czech League, All-Star Selection, 1-on-1 Challenge Winner, Player of the Month, & 8 Player of the Week Honors
 2017/2018 Northern Cyprus League Cup Winner

 2017/2018 2nd Team All-New Zealand Selection

 2016/2017 Peach Belt Co-Champion & 1st Team All-Peach Belt Conference Selection & NCAA II All-American/NABC NCAA II All-American
 2013/2014 JUCO All-American
 2013/2014 Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year 
 2012/2013 JUCO All-American
 2012/2013 Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference MVP

Videos

Full College Games

34 points & 17 rebounds vs. Lane College

33 points & 20 rebounds vs. Lander University

Tylor Ongwae – Forward – Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Name: Tylor Okari Ongwae
Born: July 15, 1991
Passport: Kenyan (Cotonou)
Position: Forward
Height: 200 cm / 6’7″
Team: Bakken Bears (FIBA Europe Cup)

Tylor Ongwae is a 200 cm forward who can score in various ways. He is long and athletic, and has a great one or two dribble pull-up or step-back shot from mid-range. Tylor is outstanding in getting into the lane and playing off two feet to create his own shot or to get teammates in position to score. His biggest strength on offense is his mid-range game where he can face-up and use his athletic ability to elevate over defenders and shoot, or drive and finish with either hand around the basket. Tylor is a coachable player who keeps it simple and reads defense well. He runs the floor well and makes excellent decisions in transition or half court offense. He is a solid on-the-ball defender where he uses his size, athletic ability, and footwork to stop perimeter players from driving or shooting over him. When guards are being pressured, he brings the ball up the floor and has the ability to start his team’s offense.

During 2019/2020 season, Tylor averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 67% from the field in Danish league. Since Bakken Bears did not qualify to play in Basketball Champions League, they competed in FIBA Europe Cup and advanced to semi-finals. Bakken won Danish Cup before the season got canceled. In 12 FIBA Europe Cup games, Tylor averaged 8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and shot 48% from the field and 70% from the free throw line. Below are full FIBA Europe Cup games against Kormend (19 points) and Tsmoki-Minsk (15 points).

During 2018/2019 season, Tylor played for Danish champs, Bakken Bears. Since Bakken Bears did not qualify to play in Basketball Champions League, they competed in FIBA Europe Cup and advanced to quarter-finals. As a starter in 22 minutes per game in 16 FIBA Europe Cup games, Tylor averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game, and shot 50% from the field, 37% from behind the 3-points line, and 74% from the free throw line. In quarter-finals of FIBA Europe Cup, Bakken Bears lost to German team Wuerzburg.

In Danish league in 22 minutes per game as a starter, Tylor averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game, and shot amazing 64% from the field, 31% from behind the 3-point line, and 78% from the free throw line. In Finals of the domestic league, they beat Horsens IC 4:0 to win Danish Championship. Below are highlights and the last game of the season against Wuerzburg.

15 points & 6 rebounds vs. German team, Wuerzburg

During 2017/2018 season, Tylor played for Massagno in Swiss top league. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 54% from the field, 32% from behind the 3-point line, and 75% from the charity line. Massagno made it to the Final 4 of the Swiss Cup and finished the regular season in 4th place. Below are highlights from Swiss league:

During the second part of 2016/2017 season, Tylor signed to play for Taranaki in New Zealand. The league began in March and he averaged 18 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54% from the field, 34% behind the 3-point line, and 71% from the free throw line. He was named New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team All-NBL.

During the first part of 2016/2017 season, Tylor played for Swedish champions, Sodertalje. In Basketball Champions League qualifications, they played two games against Finish champions, Kataja, and Tylor averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds. After failing to advance, Sodertalje very successfully competed in FIBA Europe Cup. In 9 FIBA Europe Cup games, Tylor averaged 10.4 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes of play while shooting 47% from the field, 37% behind the 3-point line, and 86% from the free throw line. The team qualified to play the second round.

During 2015/2016 season, Tylor played for Solna Vikings in Swedish Basketettan league where the team won the league. Tylor was named MVP of the league and the team’s captain. He averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.2 steals, while shooting 66% from the field, 37% from behind the 3-point line, and 79% from the free throw line.  After the Swedish league, Tylor joined Avellino in Italian top league to play Playoffs as a replacement/insurance player. The team lost in semi-finals and Tylor played in two games. In one game he played 15 minutes and had 9 points and 2 rebounds with 2/2 from the field, 1/2 from behind the 3-point line, and 2/2 from the free throw line. 

During 2014/2015 season, Tylor led The University of Louisiana at Monroe in scoring with 14.4 points per game, and was second on the team in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game, while also averaging 3 assists per game. He was named Sun Belt All-Conference First Team. The team had a great season, finishing as the runner-up of the prestigious CBI Tournament. They finished the season with 24-14 record. His outstanding coach, Coach Keith Richard, was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. His teams are known for being tough-minded athletic defensive-oriented teams that are patient on offense and have ability to score in various ways. Below are Tylor’s college highlights:

During 2013/2014 season, Tylor led The University of Louisiana at Monroe in scoring with 16.2 points per game, while also grabbing 5.8 rebounds per contest. He was named Sun Belt All-Conference Third Team.

Prior to signing with the University of Louisiana at Monroe, he was an outstanding junior college player at Ranger Junior College in Texas. There, he averaged 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and made All-Conference and All-Region teams. Tylor has been a member of the Kenyan Senior National Team.

Career

2019/2020

2018/2019

Bakken Bears – DENMARK

FIBA EUROPE CUP

11.3ppg, 5.5, FG: 67%

11ppg, 4rpg, FG: 64%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 78%

8ppg, 4.6rpg, FG: 48%, FT: 70%

10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 74%

2017/2018 Massagno – SWITZERLAND 15.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 78%
2016/2017 Sodertalje Kings – FIBA EUROPE CUP

Taranaki – NEW ZEALAND

10.4ppg, 4rpg, FG: 47%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 86%

18ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6spg, FG: 54%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 71%

2015/2016 Solna Vikings – SWEDEN D2

Scandone Avellino – SERIE A – ITALY

21ppg, 11rpg, 3apg, 2.2spg, FG: 66%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 79%   

4.5ppg, FG: 67%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 100%           

2014/2015

2013/2014

2011-2013

University of Louisiana at Monroe – NCAA I

Ranger Junior College – JUCO

14.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3apg

16.2ppg, 5.8rpg

16.2ppg, 8.3rpg

Achievements

2019/2020 Danish Cup Champion

2018/2019 Danish Champion

2016/2017 New Zealand NBL 2nd Team All-League 

2016/2017 New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League Champ

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League MVP

2015/2016 Swedish Basketettan League Regular Season Champ

2014/2015 Sun Belt All-Conference First Team

                    CBI Post Season Finalist

2013/2014 NABC All-District 2nd Team

                    Sun Belt All-Conference 3rd Team

2011-2013 Texas JUCO All-Region and All-Conference Teams
2010-Present A Member of the Kenyan Senior National Team

Videos

Full Games (2018/2019 Season) – Bakken Bears – Champions League

#9 in white: 14 points & 6 rebounds vs. Leicester Riders

Full Games – Bakken Bears – FIBA Europe Cup

#9 in white: 15 points & 6 rebounds vs. Wurzburg

#9 in white: 13 points & 3 assists vs. Steaua Bucuresti

#9 in white: 13 points & 8 rebounds vs. Kataja

#9 in black: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, & 2 assists vs. Kataja

Full Games – Massagno – Swiss Top League

#8 in red: 18 points, 7 rebounds, & 5 assists vs. Geneva

28 points, 9 rebounds, & 5 assists vs. Geneva

19 points & 4 rebounds vs. Monthey

Full Game – Sodertalje – (Basketball Champions League Qualifier):

#12 in white: 18 points & 6 rebounds vs. Kataja

Full Games – Sodertalje – FIBA Europe Cup

#12 in green: 17 points & 5 rebounds vs. Mons

20 points & 4 rebounds vs. Mons

Full Game – University of Louisiana at Monroe  vs. University of Florida (19 points)