Giffey’s ALBA Berlin clinches playoff berth

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#4 ALBA Berlin qualified for the Top 16 with a 71-65 road win over #6 Limoges (France). Niels Giffey had 3 points/3 rebounds in 19 minutes for ALBA, who was led by Jamel McLean’s (Xavier) 18 points. The Top 16 is a 14 game round robin season, culminating in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on May 15th in Madrid. This could create a potential UConn-UConn matchup as Marcus Williams’ club Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) has also qualified out of Group D. Jerome Dyson is the lone UConn Euroleague representative whose team did not qualify for the Top 16. ALBA returns to action December 19th versus Zagreb (Croatia).

Game Highlights:

Where Are They Now: Rashad Anderson/Denham Brown

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     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:

denham Brown

     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.

Where Are They Now: UCONN edition

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Jerome Dyson went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and played briefly with the OKC Thunder before his eventual release. Dyson then signed with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League where he was the team’s leading scorer at 15.5 points per game. On April 10, 2012 he signed a ten-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets averaging 7 points and 1 steal in nine games including a 24 point effort against the Memphis Grizzlies. Dyson ultimately ended up with Hapoel Holon of the Israeli Winner League where he averaged 20 points and 2 steals during the 2012-13 season. Currently, Dyson plays for 11-5 Enel Brindisi of the Italian Serie A  League where he is 9th in the league in scoring at 16 points per game. UCONN fans will remember his signature dunk (Link 1, #8) and baseline-to-baseline speed.

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Dyson end-to-end fancy finish

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After senior season averages of 11.2 points per game and 8.4 rebounds, Alex Oriakhi was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 57th pick in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Limited playing time with the Suns D-League affiliate pushed Oriakhi to sign with Limoges CSP of the French League for this season. This however does not suggest the end of Oriakhi’s NBA career as the Suns retained his rights and have monitored his overseas progress. According to GM Ryan McDonough, Oriakhi will attend training camp with the Suns next season. As mentioned, Oriakhi spent the first month of the 2013-14 season with Limoges in France before heading to Hapoel Holon (Israel) in November to play with former Missouri teammate Laurence Bowers and ex Nova guard Scottie Reynolds. On December 19th Oriakhi signed with the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League where he has averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds as the team’s starting center.

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After a one year hiatus from the game of basketball, Stanley Robinson has resurfaced north of the border with the Moncton Miracles of NBL Canada. Selected by the Orlando Magic with the 59th overall pick in 2010, Robinson was cut following training camp. Robinson then signed with the Iowa Energy of the NBDL and averaged 8 points/6 rebounds during the team’s championship run. Robinson resigned for the 2011-12 season but suffered a serious staph infection in December that kept him sidelined for much of the season. Currently, Robinson is averaging 15 points to go along with a team leading 8 rebounds through the first 27 games of the season for the 9-18 Miracles. Robinson was named NBL Canada player of the week for the week ending November 10, 2013 due to his performance which included two 20+ point games.

Check out Sticks at #5 of the NBL Top Ten from Week 3 (not quite the bounce we are used to but hey, it works in Canada):

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Stay tuned for updates on Marcus Williams, Taliek Brown and more former Huskies…