The 21st Asian Clubs Championships began this weekend with top clubs from 10 nations vying for the coveted crown. The best of the best from countries like Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria have converged in Qatar with American imports in tow hoping to bring the title back home. Here are the most notable names of imports that have experience ranging from the NBA level (DerMarr Johnson (6'9''-G-80, college: Cincinnati), Loren Woods (7'2''-C-78, college: Arizona)) to D-League veterans (Michael Fey (7'0''-F/C-83, college: UCLA), Chester Jarell Giles (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.)).
Al Rayan (Qatar) Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, college: Texas) (Rio Grande Valley D-League): No player in the tournament is coming off a greater past season that Winder who hitthe game winning three-pointer at the buzzer which won the D-League Title for the Vipers last month. The third-year pro out of Texas has spent the majority of his career in the D-league, averaging a career best 14.7 points this past season as a sensation 6th man off the bench.
Michael Fey (Los Angeles D-League): The 7-0 center out of UCLA appeared in 50 games for the D-Fenders this season, averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 56.6% from the field. Fey has experience internationally, playing in China and the UAE previously.
Mahram (Iran) Jackson Vroman (6'10''-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) (Phoenix, New Orleans NBA): Former Iowa State big man has spent the last few seasons in Iran after receiving Lebanese citizenship last May. He has led Mahram to back-to-back domestic league titles and the Arab Nations Cup last season. Teaming with Loren Toods, they combine for the most NBA experience of any club in the tournament.
Loren Woods (Minnesota, Miami, Toronto, Houston NBA / Austin D-League): Veteran center has played all across the globe since his last full season in the NBA during the 05-06 campaign. Lithuania, Turkey, Spain and now in Iran, he forms an intimidating front-line with fellow NBA alum Vroman.
Duhok (Iraq) Calvin Cage (6'0''-G-84, college: Buffalo) (Buffalo NCAA): Scoring point guard who finished career as eighth leading scorer in school history. Has moved around quite a bit since college; playing in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon, Philippines and Mexico before ending up with Duhok in Iraq.
Priest Lauderdale (7'3''-C-73, college: Central State) (Atlanta, Denver NBA): At 36 years old, he is still going strong. Former first round (#28) pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Lauderdale had a brief two-year NBA career, but has made a name for him self in Asia and the Middle East. In the early 2000s he dominated in Bulgaria before lately leading teams in Iran and Saudi Arabia to club glory. Has played for three of the 10 clubs in the tournament (An nasr, Al Hilal and Mahram).
Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) Brandon Crump (6'10''-C-82, college: Tennessee) (NCAA Tennessee): A four-year starter at Tennessee, Crump has carved out a fine career in China and South Korea. At 6-10, he provides excellent rebounding and shot-blocking ability in the paint.
DerMarr Johnson (Atlanta, New York, Denver, San Antonio NBA / Austin D-League): Maybe the most talented import taking part in these championships, Johnson was the sixth overall selection by Atlanta in the 2000 NBA Draft. A near life-ending car accident derailed his career, but he came back to serve as a valuable member of the Nuggets as well as dominant performer in the D-league. This is his first action in Asian Club competition, with his only other experience in the far east coming last season in China.
Al Riyadi (Lebanon) Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville) (Columbus D-League): One of the most successful players in recent history of Middle East / Asian basketball. The former Louisville swingman has been a model of excellence on this stage. A 2006 Asian Club Championships winner, 2008 Jordan League Champion, 2009 Lebanese League Champion, three-time Arab Club Championships winner.the list goes on and on and on with Johnson.
Chester Jarell Giles (Los Angeles, Sioux Falls D-League): The mercurial talent who bounced around from Kansas, to Oregon State to eventually out of college, split the 2008-09 D-League season with LA and Sioux Falls before heading to the Philippines to play in the 2009 Asian Club Championships. In his second go-around, he will have a much better team on his side, as Johnson, Fadi El-Khatib, Brian Beshara-Feghali and company will match up well against any other team in the competition.
Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria) Garnett Thompson (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Providence) (Long Island ABA / Brooklyn USBL): Though he may not bring the name recognition as some of the other big men in this tournament, Thompson is definitely paying on their level. He helped lead Al Jalaa to the finals of their domestic league championship where they were stunned in the finals, however, he now has reinforcements for the Asian Club Championships as former St. Johns point guard Chudney Gray (6'2''-G-78, college: St.John's) will help facilitate the offense and get easier opportunities for Garnett. This season he has also taken Al Jalaa to the WABA Club Championships and scored 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds in an opening game loss to favorites Al Riyadi.
Chudney Gray (Fayetteville D-League / Brooklyn USBL): Competing on the largest stages the last few years in Kuwait, South Korea, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt has earned Gray the reputation f being one of the most complete point guards in this competition. Experience with the Asian Club Championships (2007 Bronze Medal) plus a familiarity with Garnett Thompson should serve the duo well as they try to move past the preliminary round and further in the tournament.
An Nasr (United Arab Emirates) Vincent Jones (6'11''-C-77, college: Jackson St.) (Jackson State NCAA): A 6-11 veteran center out of Jackson State, Jones has played in multiple seasons in Russia and Turkey in addition to more recent campaigns in Iran, Syria and the UAE.
(courtesy iballunited.net) Tyler Deihl (6'1''-G-91, college: Francis Marion) will be soon on a flight to Morocco, where he will play with Ithry Nador. He will be playing in the city of Nador, in the first division of Federation Royale Marocaine de Basket-Ball. Deihl is a member of iCAN Elite where he works with iBall Agency Advisors for consulting and guidance toward career advancement and assistance to perfect and promote his basketball resume. At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Dei... [read more]
(courtesy iballunited.net) Tyler Deihl (6'1''-G-91, college: Francis Marion) will be soon on a flight to Morocco, where he will play with Ithry Nador. He will be playing in the city of Nador, in the first division of Federation Royale Marocaine de Basket-Ball. Deihl is a member of iCAN Elite where he works with iBall Agency Advisors for consulting and guidance toward career advancement and assistance to perfect and promote his basketball resume. At the 2016 iBall National Pro Combine, Deihl exploited the defense and kept players off balance with his dead eye shooting. His feisty style of play, knockdown shooting and defense contributed to him being named to iBall United's 2nd Team. He averaged 9.8 PPG and led the combine in steals (1.3 SPG). In the passing lane he was disruptive. On offense he was the mentor that everyone gravitated toward. His leadership and attitude are among his best attributes. Some of Deihl's career highlights include: 2015-16: Top 10 in league scoring (31.7 PPG) and assists (10.8) APG (Georgia Gwizzlies -ABA) 2015-16: ABA All Star as a rookie (Georgia Gwizzlies -ABA 2014: Player of the Week - Jan 22 2014 (Francis Marion - NCAA D2) 2010: Season high 11 pts vs. Eastern Kentucky (Presbyterian College - NCAA D1)
Gregory Brown , CEO of the Baltimore Hawks ABA team, has just announced that his team has acquired the 2016 Allstar & ABA Slam Dunk Champion, Eian Davis (6'1''-G-90, college: Albertus Magnus) from the Brooklyn SkyRockets. Davis averaged 33.3 PPG + 4.2 APG for Brooklyn in the 2015-16 season. Welcome to Baltimore Eian! [read more]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2016 CONTACT: Kevin Baldinger PHONE: (407) 761- 3707 EMAIL: News@OrlandoWaves.com http://orlandowaves.com/ https://twitter.com/OrlandoWaves https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoWaves Kissimmee, FL. - The Orlando Waves are happy to announce that they have made their decision as to who will be their Head Coach for this very important inaugural season. Douglas Leichner has accepted the position and is looking forward to what this season holds in store. Wav... [read more]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2016 CONTACT: Kevin Baldinger PHONE: (407) 761- 3707 EMAIL: News@OrlandoWaves.com http://orlandowaves.com/ https://twitter.com/OrlandoWaves https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoWaves
Kissimmee, FL. - The Orlando Waves are happy to announce that they have made their decision as to who will be their Head Coach for this very important inaugural season. Douglas Leichner has accepted the position and is looking forward to what this season holds in store. Waves General Manager J.J. Stuckey was very excited to be able to ink someone with experience at all levels of coaching and someone who is extremely familiar with the Central Florida area. Coach Leichner, last coached Great Britain U20 National Team to their second highest finish ever of any Great Britain team, regardless of age or gender in Division A European Championship. He has also coached in Ireland, Iona College, and the University of Maine. His Central Florida ties start at Merritt Island High School; followed by Osceola High School, where he and his Kowboys won Coach of the Year / Orange Belt Conference Champions in back to back seasons. Waves owner, Anthony Stuckey, had a very specific outline of what he wanted in a coach and believes he has found it in Coach Leichner. Leichner also wants to work with the community, and both men have very similar philosophies in the gym. Although Leichner is well known for his defensive minded teams, he is quick to admit that he is all about fast paced high flying basketball, and believes that his Waves team is designed to be just that. Coach Leichner has an overall coaching record of 165-101-1 for a .617 winning percentage, in over 20 years of coaching. A charity game on Sept 17th will be your first chance to Catch The Waves Tickets for this event will be $6.00 for children age four and above and $8.00 for Adults The Waves will play home games at the Kissimmee Civic Center beginning on November 5 and 6. For ticket information contact: The Kissimmee Civic Center Box Office, or Contact@OrlandoWaves.com
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