Jerome Dyson in Top Ten for third consecutive week

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Jerome Dyson continues to stuff the stat sheet with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in #3 Dinamo Sassari’s victory over #11 Air Avellino. The flashiest dish shows up in the Legabasket Serie A Top Ten plays at #8, when Dyson serves one up to Nigerian center Shane Lawal (Oakland/Wayne State). In honor of the oop, below I have included my favorite Dyson dime of all time- which resulted in one of the loudest eruptions from a Gampel crowd I have ever witnessed…

Alex Oriakhi named All-Star starter in Lithuania

Alex Oriakhi All Star

This Milk Star is officially an All-Star. A big congratulations to former UConn forward Alex Oriakhi who was named an All-Star starter in the 2015 BEKO-LKL All-Star game. Oriakhi, averaging 10 points/7 rebounds for #4 Pieno Zvaigzdes (Milk Stars), was recently named BEKO-LKL player of the month for January. If you missed it, here is a feature video done on his accomplishment.

Before participating in the festivities, Oriakhi will face off with former UConn teammate Tyler Olander this Saturday. Recap to follow…

Niels Giffey hits game-winning three-pointer for ALBA Berlin

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Watch below as Niels Giffey scores 9 of ALBA Berlin’s final 11 points, including the game-tying and game-winning three over Khalid El-Amin’s Goettingen. Although as UConn fans already know, the two-time National Champion’s shooting touch gets much softer come March…

Giffey finished with 14 points/4 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action while El-Amin added 9 points/5 assists.

Tyler Olander dunks his way into BEKO-LKL Top 10 Plays (video)

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It has definitely been an adjustment year for Tyler Olander, transitioning from a senior season which saw him struggle to find minutes to a professional league competing against seasoned veterans. Last month, Olander was loaned from Siauliai to fellow league member Mazeikiai in order to get the young lefty more playing time. Loans are common in European basketball, especially in situations where a player is signed to a long term deal- as Olander is. Olander will finish up the season with Mazeikiai but his rights remain with Siauliai and he will return to the club next season.

In his first three games with Mazeikiai, Olander has averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. His last game against #3 Lietuvos Rytas was by far his best, dropping 14 points to go along with 9 rebounds.

Speaking of adjustments, check out this mid-air adjustment by Olander in this week’s BEKO-LKL Top Ten plays.

Jerome Dyson posterizes another 7 footer for top play of the week (video)

Max Turrini Fotografia

Max Turrini Fotografia

The United Nations is investigating an alleged air assault on Georgia after this video surfaced online. Clearly 7’1 center Giorgi Shermadini doesn’t read mattwemet.com.

A flashback to Dyson’s January exchange with Italian center Tomas Ress:

Good thing Dyson can ball because foreign affairs is clearly not his forte…

Did a few names on that countdown make you miss the former Big East? The Italian Serie A League has become a popular destination for members of the former Big East, with 14 players currently participating in Italy’s top level of competition reviving classic rivalries. A full list of players by school can be found below:

  • UCONN: Jerome Dyson
  • Georgetown: Austin Freeman, Chris Wright
  • Louisville: Edgar Sosa, Samardo Samuels
  • Marquette: Darius Johnson-Odom
  • Pittsburgh: Gilbert Brown
  • Providence: MarShon Brooks
  • Seton Hall: Jeremy Hazell
  • Syracuse: Andy Rautins, Brandon Triche
  • Villanova: Allan Ray, Isaiah Armwood, James Bell

Alex Oriakhi elected player of the month in Lithuania

AO

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Alex Oriakhi was awarded the BEKO-LKL player of the month for January after posting averages of 12 points and 7 rebounds for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Oriakhi and former Missouri teammate Michael Dixon have starred for Zvaigzdes -or “Milk Stars”- during a recent win streak that has propelled the club to fifth place in the LKL standings. As explained in the interview below, Oriakhi’s NBA rights are currently held by the Sacramento Kings and he will compete for a roster spot this summer, though his immediate focus remains on winning a LKL Championship. For that to happen, this Milk Star cannot spoil.

 

UConn Basketball Social Media Week in Review: Valentine’s Day Edition

As it will lead us into Valentine’s day, this week’s UConn Basketball Social Media Week in Review is all about the love…

NBA

Just when you think no one cares…

Someone cares too much…

Westbrook should really show some of that love to Kemba…

or maybe James Ennis, not sure who needs it more…

Definitely not Ray though, he’s got em lined up.

UConn

Patriot fans mistakenly show love for Darius Butler…

Butler shows he loves to troll… (UConn football is funny off the field too?) 

Doug Gottlieb will never love UConn…

but UConn loves NOLA.

Recruits

Jalen Adams kisses his teammate off the backboard…

next year, it’s to this guy.

International

7’4 Boban Marjanovic did not expect this early gift from Marcus Williams (#9)…

the Germans still love Niels Giffey…

Jerome Dyson has always loved to score (@sliceanddice)…

…but most importantly, shows he can give too.

Enosch Wolf 2014/15 Highlight Tape

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teckbote.de

Well, here it is folks. The highly anticipated, highly requested Enosch Wolf highlight tape is finally here, enjoy:

On a more serious note Wolf is averaging a near double-double (12 points/9 rebounds) for the 7-9 Kirchheim Knights of the German Pro A League. The Pro A League is the second most competitive league in Germany, behind the BBL (think Niels). Wolf has spent the majority of his post-UConn career bouncing around the Pro A League but seems to have found a home in Kirchheim.