The 2014 IBL Award Winners and All-Stars have taken their talents overseas and to the NBA Development League this fall finding success on the court once again, with the Coach of the Year taking on a new 'challenge' himself.
With a mix of talented players that helped their respective teams in positive ways throughout the season, many of the players in the IBL have gone on to play in professional leagues including the Portugal Basketball League LCB, Basketball Japan League, Spain's LEB Silver, Sweden's Basketligan, the LNA of Switzerland, Liga Endesa and the NBA D-League.
By earning the spotlight and recognition for their hard work from a season ago, the following players were able to utilize the honors bestowed upon them as a springboard to further their professional careers, and that is what the IBL offers players each and every season. There were some players that stood out and exceeded at the highest level for their teams, which earned them the highest recognitions this past season. These accolades have helped them earn overseas gigs and a spot in the NBA Development League, where they'll continue to have success.
The MVP Andre Murray (6'2''-G-87, college: Portland St.) is proving his value in his first full-time spot in Japan's Basketball Japan League (bj-League), Murray was atop the IBL's In The Game Watch List all season long and for good reason. This marks the second time in his career that Murray has won MVP honors. The Portland State alum last earned the award in 2012. Murray finished the season as the overall leader in points, assists, and steals. Murray finished the regular season averaging 34.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 4.1 steals. Murray dedicated himself this past off-season to achieve this level of play, and his hard work paid off immensely. A 2012 and 2014 IBL MVP/All-Star, Murray's first bj-League season is in full swing putting up 13.7 points per game. The five time All-Star looks to move his team up in the standings from their ninth position in the Western Conference.
Defensive Player of the Year (and an IBL champion for a third time) Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, college: St.Martin's) finished the season ranked first in rebounding, third in steals and fourth in blocks. Poole was the 2013 IBL Finals MVP, and continued his dominant play this season for the Bellingham Slam. Poole helped the Slam snag the top seed in the 2014 IBL Playoffs following a successful season playing in Germany's Pro B league with Hertener Loewen. Poole wrapped up the regular season averaging 18.2 points, 14.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.8 steals in 37.4 minutes. The 2014 IBL Champion, Defensive Player of the Year and All Star is in Portugal after three successful seasons in Germany, and leading the IBL in rebounding this past season with 14.8 rebounds per game. Poole is now leading the LPB with 14.3 rebounds per game, and Poole recently earned Player of the Week.
In Germain Jordan's (6'6''-C/F-86, college: Dillard) third season for the Portland Chinooks, the gifted forward blossomed into a triple-double threat on a nightly basis. As the 2014 Most Improved player, Jordan won the same award last season, but found a way to improve upon that amazing season yet again. Jordan enjoyed his highest IBL career averages in points, rebounds and most importantly in his three point shooting percentage (48.8%). Last season, Jordan shot 25.6% from downtown. Now a two time MVP of the week in his new league, the 2014 and 2013 IBL Most Improved Player has seen his first pre-season action with Umea, and the spotlight is on the talented Portland native as he keeps progressing his game overseas leading the Basketligan league with 11 rebounds per game, and is second in points per game at 21.6.
Adam Herman (6'7''-F-91, college: Concordia) spent his first pro minutes with the Vancouver Volcanoes after finishing his collegiate career at Concordia University, Herman stepped into the IBL and was very impressive. What made Herman so special for head coach Joe Navarro and the Vancouver Volcanoes was his high basketball IQ, and incredible efficiency out on the court. In 12 games (5 starts), the 6'6'' forward averaged 14.5 points, and 4.2 rebounds. Herman shot 54.7% from the field and was a steady 86% from the free throw line. Making the transition to professional basketball is difficult, but Herman made it look easy after his great rookie season. The 2014 IBL Rookie of the Year transitioned his game and hit a high of 41 points for Plasencia Extremadura recently, showcasing his talents in Spain during his first time overseas and is making an impact in the LEB Silver league, improving on his already impressive game.
The Coach Of The Year in the IBL this past season, Joe Navarro helped lead the Vancouver Volcanoes to a 12-5 record and the number two seed in the 2014 IBL Playoffs. Navarro's next step is in Japan to lead the Hiroshima Sun Stars bj-League Challenge League starting in early 2015, this great X's and O's bench boss is taking three of his own with him. Navarro put together a special group of players this past season highlighted by the showstopping play of the one and only Andre Murray. Navarro had the Volcanoes off to a hot start at the beginning of the season winning their first five games in a row. Navarro's group then hit a rough patch during a three game losing streak, but would come back and win seven of their last nine games. Navarro understands the game very well, and his dedication to the team concept really showed with Vancouver this season.
Many more of this past season's All-Stars are having success, including Calvin Hampton (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Oregon St.), who is on his way to Japan to join his coach of the year Navarro by taking on the new challenge in Japan. Hampton started 18 of Vancouver's 19 games this past season, and averaged 16.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 27.1 minutes. Hampton was a top notch big man, and was a great centerpiece for the Volcanoes squad.
Tyrone White (6'7''-F-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) is another 2014 IBL All-Star who has taken his talents elsewhere, as White was selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in this year's NBA D-League Draft. White was the second leading scorer in the league averaging 29.4 points per game, and after time overseas in Poland and France, the Cal State grad was the third round 14th pick of the Vipers in the D-League Draft and currently in the game for Rio Grande, check out live games on YouTube here.
Brian Morris (6'9''-F-87, college: Humboldt St.) returned to the Volcanoes roster this season, and put up a double-double in every game which earned him another look to go back overseas where he attempts to keep his team BC Boncourt at the number one spot in Switzerland's LNA.
Marcelus Kemp (6'5''-SG-84, college: Nevada) earned 2014 IBL All-Star honors and has a long resume overseas from Italy to Venezuela. Now, the talented former University of Nevada product is in the top league in Spain, and will look to use his shooting skills to help his team Baloncesto Sevilla Spain, Liga Endesa rise from their current rank of #15 trying to knock off Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and others through the season.
For a complete list of IBL Award Winners and All-Stars visit IBL.com.
LC alum Hafford stars for Slam in Seattle Pro-Am - 8 months ago
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Former Lynden Christian standout Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.) has added another successful chapter to his basketball career. Hafford, a 2002 LC graduate, averaged a team-high 22.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this summer while leading the Bellingham Slam to a 7-3 record and a Seattle Pro-Am semifinal appearance. The sharp-shooting guard closed the season on a tear, scoring 40-plus points in two of the team's final three contests. Hafford began the do... [read more]
Former Lynden Christian standout Paul Hafford (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Portland St.) has added another successful chapter to his basketball career. Hafford, a 2002 LC graduate, averaged a team-high 22.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this summer while leading the Bellingham Slam to a 7-3 record and a Seattle Pro-Am semifinal appearance. The sharp-shooting guard closed the season on a tear, scoring 40-plus points in two of the team's final three contests. Hafford began the dominant late-season stretch with a career-high 44-point performance in the Slam's regular-season finale, a 135-114 win over Guard Up on Aug. 20. The LC alum exploded for 33 first-half points and tied his own team record with 10 3-pointers in the game. He also had eight rebounds and nine assists. In a rematch the following day, Hafford posted a triple-double to lead the fourth-seeded Slam to a commanding 129-90 quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Guard Up. Hafford finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. The Slam's season came to an end on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a 111-108 semifinal loss to eventual champion Brand Black, which included former NBA first-round draft pick Terrence Williams. But Hafford turned in another impressive performance, recording 40 points and seven 3-pointers. He finished 37.6 percent from 3-point range for the season and 31-of-33 (93.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Hafford was one of 16 Pro-Am players selected to the compete in the league's All-Star Game, an Aug. 14 exhibition that included appearances by Seattle-area NBA players Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan), Zach LaVine (6'5''-G-95, college: UCLA), Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington), Spencer Hawes (7'1''-C-88, college: Washington) and Dejounte Murray. Hafford also participated in the 3-point contest that preceded the game. This was the Slam's first time competing in the Seattle Pro-Am, one of the nation's premier summer basketball circuits. Over the course of the summer, Hafford and the Slam faced NBA star Paul George; former University of Washington stars Tre Simmons, Abdul Gaddy, Tre Simmons; and former Gonzaga University star Gary Bell Jr. The Slam were previously a member of the International Basketball League, where they won three consecutive titles up until the league folded in 2014. After not playing last summer, the Slam found a home in the Seattle Pro-Am. While at LC, Hafford led the Lyncs to a second-place finish in the 2001 2A state tournament and a third-place finish in 2002. He set a 2A tournament record with 118 total points in 2002. Hafford went on to play for North Idaho College and Whitworth University before playing two seasons of Division I basketball for Portland State University, where he graduated in 2007. Hafford played with the Slam for five seasons from 2008 to 2012 and won a pair of IBL titles with the team. He was a four-time IBL All-Star and ranks third on the IBL career points list. He also has played professionally in Romania, Norway, China and Australia. Courtesy of:
Bellingham Slam has sights set on four-peat this weekend - 8 months ago
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The Bellingham Slam have a chance for a fourth straight league championship this weekend as the Seattle Pro-Am playoffs continue on Saturday. The Slam face Brand Black in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion. If Bellingham wins, they'll advance to Sunday's championship game [read more]
The Bellingham Slam have a chance for a fourth straight league championship this weekend as the Seattle Pro-Am playoffs continue on Saturday. The Slam face Brand Black in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion. If Bellingham wins, they'll advance to Sunday's championship game. The Slam, competing in the Seattle Pro-Am for the first time following seven seasons as a member of the International Basketball League, posted a 6-2 regular season record and advanced to the semi-finals with a 129-90 win against Guard Up in the quarterfinals on August 21. A title win on Sunday would give the Slam four straight league championships, after winning the last three IBL titles from 2012 until the league folded following the 2014 season. Courtesy of: kpug1170.com
Beaverton Soldiers are 2015 Portland ProAm Champions - 2 Years ago
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The Beaverton Soldiers have clinched the 2015 Portland ProAm Championship title. They outgunned AC Green Team Green 132:130 in the exciting Final clash. Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St., agency: ContractSports International) drilled a decisive bucket to propel the Soldiers to the title. Beaverton posted a 67:59 lead at the interval. AC Green pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. They denied the deficit in the fourth frame but Chehales Tapscott stepped up fo... [read more]
The Beaverton Soldiers have clinched the 2015 Portland ProAm Championship title. They outgunned AC Green Team Green 132:130 in the exciting Final clash. Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St., agency: ContractSports International) drilled a decisive bucket to propel the Soldiers to the title. Beaverton posted a 67:59 lead at the interval. AC Green pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. They denied the deficit in the fourth frame but Chehales Tapscott stepped up for the Soldiers in the dying seconds to carry them to the trophy. He finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Anthony Golden (6'1''-G-89, college: NW Nazarene) added 25 points for the Soldiers. Tyrone White (6'7''-F-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for AC Green. Josh Turner (6'5''-G, college: Niagara) had 27 points in the loss.
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