Aaron Craft (6’2”-PG-91, graduated ’14, plays pro in Italy) who plays in the Italian Serie A could not help Dolomiti En. TR (17-13) in their last game. Despite Craft’s good performance Dolomiti En. TR was crushed 87-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Umana Venezia. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 36 minutes. Craft has relatively good stats this year 11.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.2apg and 2.1spg in 30 games.
David Lighty (6’6”-G/F-88) contributed to an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket‘s victory against the tenth-ranked Monaco (16-18) 81-71 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA on Saturday night. Lighty recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (27-7) is placed first in the Jeep ELITE ProA. It was his team’s sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Lighty averages 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg.
Jae’Sean Tate (6’4”-F-95, graduated ’18, plays pro in Belgium) who plays in the Belgian Euromillions League could not help Telenet Giants Antwerp (30-6) to beat Oostende (29-7). Tate recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. The league leader Telenet Giants Antwerp lost 62-69 on the road to the second-ranked Oostende. It’s Tate’s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year 10.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg in 42 games.
Othello Hunter (6’8”-C-86, graduated ’08, plays pro in Russia) led his Russian team CSKA to a victory against the closely-ranked Khimki (20-6) 103-92 in the VTB United League on Friday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (22-4) is placed first in the VTB United League. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. This season Hunter averages 9.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized Liberian.
DeShaun Thomas (6’7”-PF-91, graduated ’13, currently in Greece) was the major contributor in Panathinaikos‘ victory against the fifth-ranked Promitheas (16-10) crushing them 111-77 in the Greek A1 last Friday. He scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (21-1) is placed first in the A1. Thomas has relatively good stats this year 13.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in 28 games he played so far.
Jon Diebler (6’6”-G/F-88) was the major contributor in Darussafaka‘s victory against the league outsider Afyon Bld 85-67 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This year Diebler averages 9.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg in 13 games.
Amedeo Della Valle (6’4”-SG-93, graduated ’14, plays in Italy) led AX Armani Exchange Milano to a victory over the seventh-ranked Alma TR (16-14) 93-88 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Della Valle scored 21 points in 22 minutes. AX Armani Exchange Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Della Valle averages 8.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg.
Evan Ravenel (6’9”-C/F-89, graduated ’13, currently in Japan) led Fukushima to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked Cyberdyne IR (35-25) 90-88 in the Japanese B2 League on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Ravenel scored 35 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Fukushima Firebonds (27-33) are placed fourth in East group. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It’s Ravenel’s first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ravenel averages 21.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.9apg in 55 games.
Amir Williams (6’11”-C-92, graduated ’15, plays in Uruguay) helped Atomeromu win their game against the leader KTE-Duna crushing them 92-69 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This year Williams averages 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg in 14 games.
Zisis Sarikopoulos (7’0”-C-90, graduated ’10, currently in Belarus) helped Tsmoki-Minsk win their game against the leader COR-Borisfen 76-64 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night’s game. Sarikopoulos recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This year Sarikopoulos averages 9.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg in five games.
Daequan Cook (6’5”-G/F-87) could not help Ironi Hai Motors Nes-Ziona (15-18) in their last game. Despite Cook’s very good performance Ironi Hai Motors Nes-Ziona lost 90-98 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hapoel Eilat. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Cook has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg in 29 games.
Kamerom Williams (6’2”-G-94) couldn’t help Sayago in their game against Nacional in the Uruguayan LUB. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He was the top scorer with 25 points. This season Williams has very high stats. He averages 17.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6’4”-G-91) couldn’t help Hapoel Eilat in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Winner League. He scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 82-70. Smith Jr. has relatively good stats this season 12.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg.
William Buford (6’5”-G-90, graduated ’12, plays in Greece) helped Lavrio win their game against the closely-ranked Ifestos (13-13) crushing them 96-76 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night’s game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. GS Lavrio Aegean Cargo (8-18) is placed tenth in the A1. The Regular Season already ended. This season Buford averages 10.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg.
Ronald Lewis (6’4”-SG-84, graduated ’07, plays in France) who plays in the French Jeep ELITE ProA could not help FOS Provence Basket (9-24) in their game last Tuesday. Despite his good performance FOS Provence Basket was defeated 79-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#12). Lewis scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. Lewis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages 15.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg.
Byron Mullens (7’0”-C-89, graduated ’09, plays in Japan) couldn’t help Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (10-50) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mullens’ very good performance the sixth-placed Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was defeated 81-74 in Tokyo by the higher-ranked Toyota Alvark (#3) in the East group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mullens also added 4 assists. This season he has very high stats. Mullens averages 20.8ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.9apg and 2.3bpg.
Trevor Thompson (7’0”-C-94) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jae’Sean Tate. But that was another game of his team in Basketball Champions League which we would like to mention. Thompson was not able to secure a victory for Telenet Giants Antwerp in their game against CB Canarias. He recorded only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 70-54. This season Thompson averages 2.1ppg.
Evan Turner (6’7”-G/F) Portland Trail Blazers – Turner helped Portland to the Western Conference Finals vs. Golden State. His best performance in the series came in Game 3 when he netted 12 points. During the regular season, Turner averaged 6.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 3.6 apg. Averaged 3.6 rebounds per game in the NBA Western Conference first round playoff series with over Oklahoma City.
D’Angelo Russell (6’5”-SG-96, graduated ’15, plays pro in the NBA) Nets were eliminated in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs by the 76ers. In the regular season, Russell averaged 21.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.8apg and 1.2spg.
Mike Conley (6’1”-PG-87, graduated ’07, plays in the NBA) Completed a standout 12th campaign, averaging 21.1 points per game along with 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per outing. He set career highs in points scored (1,478) and field goals made (490) in 70 games played.
Additional Buckeyes active in professional leagues
Jared Sullinger (6’9”-F-92) plays for Shenzhen Leopards in Chinese CBA
Zisis Sarikopoulos (7’0”-C-90) plays for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League
Ronald Lewis (6’4”-SG-84) plays for FOS Provence Basket in French ProA
Anthony Lee (6’9”-F/C-91) plays for Prienu Skycop in Lithuanian LKL
LaQuinton Ross (6’8”-F-92) plays for Northern Arizona Suns in the NBA G League
Dallas Lauderdale (6’7”-F-88) plays for Maine Red Claws in the NBA G League
Sam Thompson (6’7”-F-92) plays for Greensboro Swarm in the NBA G League
Marc Loving (6’8”-F-94) plays for Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario in the NBA G League
Shannon Scott (6’3”-PG-92) Helped Long Island Nets win their game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce crushing them 130-108 in the NBA G League on Thursday night. He scored 15 points, had 6 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. This year Scott averages 9.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.5apg and 1.1spg in 36 games.