Eurobasket.com conducted its most recent interview with potentially one of the key components of a Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) team that has revamped their roster for the 2015-16 season. Nicknamed the "D.C. Sniper" for his prowess from beyond the arc, Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Sam Houston St., agency: G3) will bring a combination of experience and a solid resume to Harbour Station. Allmond played two years of NCAA Division I basketball at Sam Houston State, where he most notably put up 37 points with 11 three-pointers against a Kentucky Wildcats team fielding DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall at the Rupp Arena. At the professionally, he has been with multiple teams in the NBA Development League, ShenYang Dongjin (China), Vestelspor Manisa (Turkey), and AS de Sale (Morocco). The guard most recently spent a season in a Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) uniform, leading the team to an undefeated season as one of its very best players.
Three-pointers are obviously a major part of your game, but when did you first truly consider yourself a "sharpshooter"?
I first considered myself a "sharpshooter" back in college. I was top 10 in three-pointers a game and top 20, I believe, in percentage. Shot the ball really well in college, thanks to my teammates and coaches Describe your 37-point performance at the Rupp Arena in 9. How has it shaped you as a player?
The game at Rupp of course is by far the best game ever, not only was it a big performance, but it was against some big-time competition, I'm not the same player I was in college. I feel I can score in more ways then just shooting threes, but the game at Rupp definitely gave me the confidence that I can play on the big stage.
What would you say has been the best on-court moment of your career outside of that performance?
Outside that performance, it's probably last season with the Rochester RazorSharks. I broke the most threes in a single game with 11 and had 43 points. And this all came after the passing of my grandfather.
How confident were you in playing professionally after leaving Sam Houston State? Where were you expecting to end up?
I was very confident. I felt like I could play at a high level on the big stage, and I still feel that way. But I'm more mature now and understand the game a lot better than I did my rookie season. Back then, I really got down on myself when I missed shots and it really showed, but now I just keep playing and always believe the next shot is going in. And just like every kid, I thought I can be a 12th guy on someone roster. In the NBA, every team need a shooter, but I'm only 6'1" at the shooting guard position, so I have to be more a scoring point.
So you have played pro in a couple different countries outside America. What has been your favorite one?
My favorite one would be China. Had a lot of fun out there with them guys and we was winning, we was like 7-0 before money problems happened with my team. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but back then in that league, the team with the best locals was going to win, and we had that until three of them stop getting paid, and we didn't win another game when they stop playing.
Adding on to that question, which international league has been the toughest in terms of skill level?
The toughest would be Turkey second division. It was tough for me to get in a rhythm, and I struggled from the field. But once again, I was young and it was my first time playing in Europe, but I'm working to get another shot over there if a team take a chance on me again. I promise they won't be sorry this time around. I'm so ready, but it's a process got to prove myself and hopefully I can do that this season in Canada
Based on what you have seen so far, how does the Premier Basketball League (PBL) compare with the NBL Canada?
To be honest, I don't think it does compare at all. The Canada league, to me, is by far a better league and better competition. No other team came close to the team we had last year. We was really good, honestly believe we would've gave D-League teams problems-we was really that good. And with the Canada league playing games against the D-League teams this year, don't think the PBL would ever get to that level, because it really only one good team and that's Rochester RazorSharks. They have the money and sponsorship to go get the best players. Other teams don't have that, it's not even a full season in the PBL. We only played like 16 games compared to NBL 40+ games. The PBL didn't even have playoffs, it was just the finals in which we won.
After an undefeated season with the Razorsharks under coach Rob Spon , how does it feel to join him with the Mill Rats? Did his move to Saint John motivate you to sign in the NBL Canada?
I feel great about joining coach Spon and trying to win another championship. He is a great coach-really focus on defense, and defense wins championships. You can't play if you don't play defense, and that's pretty much how all my coaches have been. And coach Spon let you play your game-that's what I like the most. You can just play basketball. Got to play smart and within the system, but you really can play, allow me to be aggressive all game. And at first I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but then I thought about my career, and I had a big season last year, but the PBL don't get that much respect, so I figured if I can do it again in a better league, then I will really get looked at again. So why not do it again with a coach that trust my game, trust me out there, knows my game. And I know what he wants, and what he looking for out there.
What kind of role do you think you will have for the Mill Rats this season?
I think I'm the shooter of course, the one that help space the floor. But imma show more than just shooting. I worked very hard this offseason, so imma be the scorer and the leader, always talking on defense and just helping out the younger guys through out the season so we all can be successful this season and really make a run at this championship. What excites you the most for the upcoming season?
What excites me most is actually seeing the outcome of all the hardwork I put in this offseason and putting in now till I report to Canada. They say hard work pays off, so I'm excited to see it pay off this season, and I think it really will. I'm on a mission and won't be denied this season. So excited to get this season going.
Any advice for younger players about playing pro basketball overseas?
My only advice would be, of course, continue to work on your craft before practice and after practice every single day. But also, this business can be rough. I been released a few times but never gave up and never will, so just always and continue to knock on the door. Sooner or later, someone will answer, so that's what imma do. Keep grinding, keep working, and keep giving GOD all the glory, and just wait till it's my time.
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germ... [read more]
Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) cut 29-year old American point guard Nick Okorie (185-88kg-88, college: Texas Tech). In two NBL Canada games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg this season. Okorie also played earlier that season for The Storm where in 20 NBL Canada games he had very remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.1apg. He is a very experienced player. Okorie has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Denmark (Aalborg), Finland (Salon Vilpas), Germany (Saar Pfalz Braves) and Canada (Power and London Lightning). He attended Texas Tech University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Let's have closer look into Okorie's outlook:
Can play in both guard positions, thaks to solid body, good court vision an passing skils. He's a good scorer with outside and inside dimension, shoots well free throws. Also, he's a tough defender who can earn lots of steals.
Very quick. Can run on the basket against taller players.
Halifax weathers Island Storm in 105-100 victory - 11 hours ago
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After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 secon... [read more]
After falling to the Island Storm in their barn three days earlier, the Hurricanes returned the favour Wednesday night. Halifax pulled off a 105-100 win over the Storm at the Scotiabank Centre to improve its Atlantic Division-leading record to 23-7. The Storm (10-15) won the Sunday matchup between the two clubs 112-103. 'We were much better today, overall,' said head coach Mike Leslie. 'We made a few corrections and adjustments and gave ourselves a chance at the end.' With just 11.9 seconds remaining, Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) grabbed the offensive rebound with a 102-100 lead and landed one of the foul shots to lock down the win. Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) could not land a three-point jump shot with less than a second remaining to give the Hurricanes the eventual 105-100 win. After a slow start from both teams, the Hurricanes finished up the first half with a 43-40 lead. The big men came to play in the opening half for the Hurricanes. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.), Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.) and Cox - all of whom stand at least six-feet-eight inches tall - led the Hurricanes with eight points apiece in the opening 24 minutes. The trio combined for 52 points in the game, led by White's 24. 'We felt that we could score inside,' said Leslie. While play from the paint proved successful, the Hurricanes went cold from three-point range in the half, going 0 for 7. For the Storm, Carson led with a game-high 19 points in the half while Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) added 11. Both teams picked up the scoring in the third quarter as the Hurricanes went to the fourth carrying a 78-72 lead. After just 18 combined fouls in the first half, the teams combined for 22 fouls in third quarter. The Storm quickly erased the Hurricanes' six-point lead in the fourth as the teams traded leads for most of the that frame. The Hurricanes gained a two-point lead with less than 15 seconds and were able to hold on for the win. White (24), Cox (15) and Ta'Quan Zimmerman (15) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) added 10 assists. For the Storm, Carson (33) and Alex Richter (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Augustana, SD) (22) carried the load. In his second game with the team, newly-acquired Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points in 23 minutes of play. 'He's very athletic,' said Leslie. 'He's also an intelligent player. He doesn't have to take a lot of shots.' The Hurricanes were once again without top scorers Tyrone Watson and CJ Washington who are both nursing foot injuries. Leslie said the pair are in 'wait-and-see' mode as the team has a two-week break after Sunday. The Hurricanes will have a quick turnaround as they square off with the Moncton Miracles Thursday night on the road. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Windsor Express (NBL Canada) waived 26-year old Vincentian ex-international center Akeme Smart (221-104kg-91, college: McCook CC). Smart managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. He also played earlier that season for Santfeliuenc in Spanish EBA where in four NBL Canada games he recorded 5.8ppg and 5.3rpg. The other team Smart played shortly was AEC Collblanc (EBA) in Spain. In 5 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Another team he played briefly was Ol... [read more]
Windsor Express (NBL Canada) waived 26-year old Vincentian ex-international center Akeme Smart (221-104kg-91, college: McCook CC). Smart managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. He also played earlier that season for Santfeliuenc in Spanish EBA where in four NBL Canada games he recorded 5.8ppg and 5.3rpg. The other team Smart played shortly was AEC Collblanc (EBA) in Spain. In 5 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg. Another team he played briefly was Olimpic in Romanian Liga Nationala. In two NBL Canada games he had 7.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.0apg. Smart has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He also represented Saint Vincent at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. Smart has played also professionally in Spain (Benidorm). He attended McCook CC until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
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