Rashad “The Dagger” Anderson used his deadly 3 point stroke to lead UCONN to the 2004 National Championship and now, that same deadly stroke is leading him to clubs all over the world. In his 7 year professional career Anderson has established himself as a premier scorer in Europe which should come as no surprise to UCONN fans. Undrafted in 2006, Anderson played briefly for the Washington Wizards summer league team before landing with Egaleo BC of Greece. After a jump across the Adriatic Sea to spend the 2007-08 season with Italian club Livorno, Anderson signed with Snaidero Udine of the Italian A League (Jerome Dyson’s current league) where he led the league in scoring at 18.2 points per game. This was no small feat considering the league featured future NBA players Brandon Jennings and Gary Neal (Anderson lit up Jennings for 37 points when the teams met head to head).
Anderson’s play in 2009 was noticed by NBA scouts and he was selected by the Iowa Energy in the 1st round of the 2009 NBA D-League draft, only to be waived months later. Anderson returned to Europe where he bounced from Italy –> Latvia –> Iran –> Lebanon –> Venezuela –> Lebanon from January 2010 to April 2013. Once again selected in the D-League draft, Anderson spent 9 games playing with the Canton Charge teaming up with former Big East forwards Arinze Onuaku (Syracuse) and Kevin Jones (WVU). Cut just before 2014, Anderson signed with STB Le Havre of the French Pro A League giving a much needed scoring boost to the last place club. In his first game, Anderson led Le Havre with 17 points in 28 minutes off the bench in a losing effort. The club returns to action Saturday against Taurean Green (U of Florida) and Limoges.
Watch below as The Dagger delivers from the corner to top off a 19 point game in November 2013:
2004 National Champion Denham Brown was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 40th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Since then, he has been back and forth between the NBA D-League, Europe and South America. Brown played the first half of the 2006-07 season with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League averaging 18/5 before heading across the pond to Cantu of the Italian Series A league- electrifying fans with his athleticism (see below). Brown bounced around for the next few years with stops in Utah, North Dakota, Iowa (all D-League), Philippines, Poland, Ukraine, Canada and finally Argentina in 2012. His best all-around year during that stretch came in 2010-11 when he registered 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 20 games for Ukrainian club Dnipro of the VTB United League. Brown has spent the last two seasons in the Romanian National League, last year with Timba Timisoara (17/8 in 19 games) before transferring to Targu Mures for the current season. Through 6 games Brown is averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds per game for the 2nd place club including a 19/8 effort this past Saturday. He returns to the hardwood this Saturday for a match-up against Pitesti and former URI forward/New Haven native Lamonte Ulmer.