Saturday, October 9, 2010

Courtside: Former Trojans Excelling Abroad

12:04 A.M., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010

Several former Trojans have already started their seasons with club teams all around the world and several more are waiting to begin competition.

Three members of Troy’s 2010 Sun Belt championship squad used their team’s success on the court to secure professional contracts overseas. Michael Vogler (Nevezis - Lithuania), Antywan Jones (Astrum Levice - Slovakia) and Yamene Coleman (CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc - Romania) were able to pick up deals to play and have already seen action in a couple of games.

Brandon Hazzard and Richard Delk are also expected to ink professional deals at some point in the very near future.

I was unable to find any stats on Vogler, but Jones is averaging just over 3 ppg in about 16 minutes of action through four games. Coleman has played just one game, but scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his first action.

The recent Trojans aren’t alone in the pro ranks. Former Mid-Major All-American O’Darien Bassett is spending this season in France with Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne. He has played in two games and is averaging 13.5 ppg.

Scoring in double-figures in Germany is another former Trojan – Richard Chaney. Chaney spent just one year with Troy (2006-07) and is posting 11.5 ppg for club team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Germany.

A well-traveled European veteran, Lamayne Wilson has already played in five games with Budivelnyk Kyiv in Ukraine. He is averaging just more than 6 ppg and four rebounds in action that includes two Euroleague contests.

One last former Troy hoopster has already begun his professional season. While not overseas, Corey Hornsby is very much active abroad. Hornsby is dominating the competition in the Mexican league to the tune of 22.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg through 10 games with Huracanes de Tampico.

Several others former Trojans spent last season playing professionally around the world and are expected to be back in some location later this year and in 2011 including Richard Damus (Spain), Bobby Dixon (Italy/France), Herbert “Moo” Evans (Harlem Globetrotters), Cedric Jackson (Israel), Tom Jervis (Australia) and Rob Lewin (France).

The 2010-11 edition of the Trojans begin preparations for their title defense on Saturday, October 16. They will hit the floor first on November 8 against West Alabama in exhibition action.

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