Re-born at 28 years old? His name is Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) and that might be the best way to describe the 6-4 shooting guard/small forward they call The Purist. How else would you label the summer of 2011 for the 28-year old who took over the New York Summer league circuit, on his way to being named Nikes Player of the Summer at the annual Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Considering Plummer did not even play professionally this past season or last summer after rehabbing from surgery on his ankle which had been plaguing the Brooklyn, NY native the past two-plus years, the moniker is fitting. Plummer was integral to the success of the X-Men, coached by Staten Island Vipers (ABA) Head Coach Dytanya Mixson , who captured the West 4th Classic as well as EBC (Entertainers basketball Classic) titles before falling to Team Nike (Dyckman) in the TOC Finals. Plummer averaged an astonishing 41 points per contest in the West 4th playoffs and for the last two-months has been the talk of the tri-state area, something you could not have imagined at the beginning of the year.
While rehabbing, Plummer was a teacher in Westchester trying to pay the bills and make ends meet, but also during his rehab, he took the time to learn some new moves and tricks which he put on display this summer. Always a gifted shooter, (basically playing on one leg for Halifax of the Premier Basketball League in 2010 he still shot 50.0% from the field and 38.0% from behind the arc), Plummer worked on developing a more varied offensive game; inclusive of post-up moves and improved ball-handling as well as further refining his jump shot.
Though Plummer had a very productive High School career at Transit Tech HS in East New York, he went to unheralded Sage JC (Division II) before furthering his development at NCAA DII Eckerd College. Despite going the DII route, Plummer landed his first professional job in Luxembourgs second division during the 2005-06 season with BBC Nitia Bettembourg. After an abbreviated 11 games overseas, NY was calling him home and there during the 2006-07 season was where he would emerge on the professional scene with the now defunct Strong Island Sound of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Under Coach Mixson, Plummer blossomed into an All-Star on the back of averaging 20 points per contest while leading the Sound to the second round of the playoffs.
However, the end of the 2008 season would be the beginning of the troubles for Plummer, specifically his ankle. Never wanting to stop and truly rest or try to recover, Plummer would play the next seasons between the Continental basketball Association (CBA) and PBL, where he finished with Halifax in 2010, hobbled and unable to match the level of performance he had come to expect. Today, fully recovered and coming off of the summer of his re-birth Plummer takes some time to talk about the last two months, his ups and downs and where he see himself going this season and beyond.
Surujh: First off congratulations again on being named Nikes Player of the Summer. What does the award mean for you? Greg: It means a great deal to me and my career because it shows that I accomplished something that a lot of people didnt think I could. A lot of people didnt expect me to come back and be as productive as I was before the injury. Then to come back and win two championships, two MVP awards in two of the major leagues in New York City no one expected me to be playing at that level , but I knew that I could and I did. I didnt want to just come back and show that I could run up and down the court, I owed it to myself to show that I could perform at a high level and win.
Surujh: What are your thoughts on the TOC Championship game loss against Team Nike? Was it just a matter of wrong day and wrong time? Greg: It was a matter of them scoring more points than us. Its as simple as that. They were the better team that day and they are the champs until next season.
Surujh: Regardless, it was a summer to remember for you personally. What did you expect coming into the summer tournaments? Were you mentally and physically ready? Greg: I was definitely mentally and physically ready for the summer. My physical health was never a concern for me because I knew I was ready. I was home all winter and waiting for all the guys who play Professional ball to come home so that we could take them out. Thats something I was looking forward to because I had the opportunity to play with my X-Men brothers again and we always have a really good chance of winning no matter who we play against.
Surujh: Tell me a little about your last year and half for you, the injury, your rehab and not playing. What kind of affect did that have on you? Greg: Without question the toughest and most frustrating time of my life. I wanted everything to happen fast. I wanted a speedy recovery, rehab, and just wanted it to be in the past. Sometimes it takes a while for your body to respond to the physical demands of professional basketball. I learned a lot of valuable lessons. As much as I hated it at times, I believe that I am a much better person and basketball player because I went through this. Being on the sidelines for that long wasnt easy but it made me hungrier and motivatedmore than Ive ever been.
Surujh: About your rehab, I read in the Post (NY) article that you spent time working on other aspects of your game in your training regimen. What did you focus on and what type of work did you have to put in? Greg: I had to focus on getting my body stronger and making my game outside of shooting the ball more efficient. I worked out with Lamont Harris in the winter and spring. Everything we did was high intensity, fast paced and physical. Along with the workouts I used the winter leagues and spring leagues to get me ready for summer.
Surujh: What kind of feedback and response did you get from the NYC fans this summer? Your opponents? Other coaches? Greg: I surprised a lot of people. Nobody outside of X-Men expected me to play the way I did. It was fun to see guys who I always play against trying to adjust to the new things I added to my game. It was even more fun to see other coaches sending a bunch of different guys at me to slow me down. The most fun of all is the look on all of their faces when they focused on me and forgot that we had Tommie Eddie (6'7''-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) and Chris Wehye (6'7''-F-84, college: Quinnipiac) and that it led to championships.
Surujh: With many seasons about to get underway overseas and in the US minor leagues, where do you have your sights set for this season? Greg: I have a few teams interested but no deal has been made yet so Im just waiting to see what happens. Im just excited about the opportunity to be playing pro ball again.
Surujh: What can Gregory Plummer bring to the table for a pro club overseas? Greg: A professional, passionate, hard worker, and someone who is hungry for championships.
The American Basketball Association today announced that the Utah Stars will be returning to the league starting next season. "We're really pleased about this," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "The Stars were an important part of the ABA several years ago. We just didn't have enough teams in the area to develop a good schedule with easy travel, and thus, they had to discontinue operations. Now, with two teams in Colorado, two in Arizona, three in Nevada, and a couple of others working,... [read more]
The American Basketball Association today announced that the Utah Starswill be returning to the league starting next season. "We're really pleased about this," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "The Stars were an important part of the ABA several years ago. We just didn't have enough teams in the area to develop a good schedule with easy travel, and thus, they had to discontinue operations. Now, with two teams in Colorado, two in Arizona, three in Nevada, and a couple of others working, that is no longer the case - and we welcome Kenny Wamsley and his great organization back." Newman continued, "Kenny knows both basketball and business as he has been in sales and marketing for over 15 years. We expect great things from him." "I am very hard working, passionate and determined," added Wamsley. "I am very excited to be back in the ABA. We will be holding a tryout camp later in April also." For more information, email email@example.com, call 801 674 2986 or visit www.abaliveaction.com
On Saturday, April 15th, the Richmond Elite will host the 2017 edition of the ABA All Star Game at the Big Bens Home Court, 2206 Westwood Ave. in Richmond, Va. The ABA North team will challenge the ABA South team, and the tipoff will be at 6:00pm. A Slam Dunk Contest and a 3 Point shooting Contest will be held from 4:30pm The official ABA All Star Game team rosters and coaches will be announced soon [read more]
On Saturday, April 15th, the Richmond Elite will host the 2017 edition of the ABA All Star Game at the Big Bens Home Court, 2206 Westwood Ave. in Richmond, Va. The ABA North team will challenge the ABA South team, and the tipoff will be at 6:00pm. A Slam Dunk Contest and a 3 Point shooting Contest will be held from 4:30pm The official ABA All Star Game team rosters and coaches will be announced soon
Modesto has been selected as the new home city for one of the top American Basketball Association (ABA) teams. The team, to be named the Modesto Super Kats, is relocating from Yuba City California according to team owners Jill Steuber and Spencer Norman . The Super Kats will bring professional basketball to Modesto starting in the 2017-2018 season, which will run from November into April. As the Yuba City Gold Miners, the team was ranked as high as 10th out of 110 ABA teams nationally. Sp... [read more]
Modesto has been selected as the new home city for one of the top American Basketball Association (ABA) teams. The team, to be named the Modesto Super Kats, is relocating from Yuba City California according to team owners Jill Steuber and Spencer Norman . The Super Kats will bring professional basketball to Modesto starting in the 2017-2018 season, which will run from November into April. As the Yuba City Gold Miners, the team was ranked as high as 10th out of 110 ABA teams nationally. Spencer Norman said, 'We brought high-quality basketball to Yuba City, proving we could compete at the highest level in the ABA. We're excited to bring that same high quality of basketball and AAU affiliated activities to the much-larger Modesto market.' Modesto Mayor Ted Brandevold said, 'We are looking forward to welcoming the Super Kats and taking basketball to a new level in Modesto.' The Super Kats are in discussion with Modesto Junior College to host Super Kats home games. In addition to its ABA membership, the Modesto Super Kats is affiliated In conjunction with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (http://aausports.org/), the Modesto Super Kats will sponsor a youth team, the Modesto Junior Kats, as well as an AAU adult league. The Junior Kats are evaluating several venues for their games and AAU activities. The American Basketball Association (http://abaliveaction.com/) includes 110 teams across the United States, and is expanding internationally for the 2017-2018 season. Since its founding in 1999, the ABA has risen to be a primary player development resource for the National Basketball Association. The ABA's history began in 1967 and includes a merger that expanded the NBA. Early great players from the ABA include Julius Erving and Rick Barry. Contact: Jill Steuber , Modesto Super Kats, firstname.lastname@example.org
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