DeAndre Bray has been terrorizing the UBA all season with his great play but has now set his focus on the playoffs. Bray is currently leading the UBA playoffs in assists and is playing for the hottest team in the league. We took the time to get a up close and personal interview with DeAndre Bray.
Q: Congratulations on your success in this years playoffs. What do you think is the reason of the success of the Lions?
A: Thanks a lot Mr. Walls. I think my success with the lions is because of the team mind set! We just want to win! My first game with the lions was the first round of the playoffs and they put the ball in my hand like I was a Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) trade! We are just on the same page and we listen to each other no matter what or when!
Q: Why play in the UBA? Why not the ABA, WBA D-League etc.?
A: The UBA gives better chances! The UBA help a lot more than the others leagues probally combined.
Q: The UBA has sent over 80 players overseas in the last 3 years. What does that say about the league and the talent that plays in the league?
A: its talent on every team and each team find new talent during the season because players are getting jobs and leaving. They get players ready for the overseas style of play and what a team is looking for in a player.
Q: You are a great talent. Why do you think you haven't played overseas yet?
A: Thanks Mr. Walls!! I really think it's my height! But I feel like once a team give me a chance to play overseas somewhere they gone really see what I do for a team! I can make any team go! People can see the stats but seeing me in person is even better! You can just see how a game just changes when I'm in! Teams don't know how contagious I am! Hard defense, smart defense, help defense, hustle plays, smart shots, smarts passes, and even players take criticism from each others better!
Q: Well sources say that since the words out on your playoff run you are receiving a lot attention from Iceland and likes of the Harlem Globetrotters. How does that make you feel?
A: once I got the call about the news it made my heart feel better that someone is noticing me for my talent and skills.it would be an honor to be part of the tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. They had many legends come thru there!
Q: If anyone follows the UBA they know that youre going to be voted UBA Guard of the Year. How does that make you feel?
A: Receiving this reward would be the best individual reward I ever had! Thats an honor to be at the top of the list with all these great guards in the league!
A: Thats a great comparison! They are the team to beat ever year because the talent they have with Jermaine being the ring leader. It's a battle every game.
Q: Barnes was quoted on UBA TV saying 'Bray is the best guard in the UBA'. What I would like to know is who is the best in the UBA (In your opinion)?
A: For the MVP to say that! Excuse me 3 times MVP winner I really feel like Im doing a great job and earned respect in the league!
Q: What are you goals for the offseason and next season?
A: During the off seasons I play in many pro leagues and pro tournament all over but mostly in Atlanta so for the summer I want to win as many championships I can because the more you win the more games you get to show people your skills. I play against a lot of NBA and overseas players in the summer time so just want to continue to hold my own and make a name for myself. For next season hopefully I'm somewhere winning doing something I love and getting paid for it!
Q: Who are some of your major influences and what words of advice can you give younger players who seek to play professional basketball?
A: For a word of advice would be for younger players to learn each level of the game! Know what you can do and what you shouldn't do. Know that your roll for a team can change so know how to be coachable to listen and learn!
Q: There are alot of talented teams left in the UBA Playoffs (Disciples, Havok, Express, Cyclones), who do you think you guys will face in the finals?
A: It is a lot of talented teams with all star players left. I know the Disciples to well not to say them but they lost last year in the first round. That was a shocker! Look at this year we upset the number one team in the first round. Stats don't mean nothing in the playoffs only W's! I know one thing that the lions are here to keep making history!
The Indiana Indiana Generals announced this week they will return to the UBA for their third straight season. Last season, the Indiana Generals were led in scoring by Brad Smith (6'3''-G/F-87). During the 2014-2015 season, the Indiana Generals improved to 9 wins after only winning 2 in 2014. Brad Smithwas named 2016 Most Improved Player in the UBA andhas also been apart of the 2015 & 2016 Copa Mitchell America's Cup Championship teams in the Dominican Republic. The Indiana Indiana Gen... [read more]
The Indiana Indiana Generals announced this week they will return to the UBA for their third straight season.
Last season, the Indiana Generals were led in scoring by Brad Smith (6'3''-G/F-87). During the 2014-2015 season, the Indiana Generals improved to 9 wins after only winning 2 in 2014. Brad Smith was named 2016 Most Improved Player in the UBA and has also been apart of the 2015 & 2016 Copa Mitchell America's Cup Championship teams in the Dominican Republic.
The Indiana Indiana Generals look to upgrade their talent for the upcoming 2017 season in the UBA. 'We plan to have a good preseason and draft quality players at the 2016 UBA draft, said owner Brad Smith. The Northern Conference this past season was won by the Southern Indiana Seminoles.
David Walls Reports 8/16/2016 GIE Maile Matrix signed 31-year old forward Darrell "Bankhead" Waters (6'5''-F-85). It is actually his comeback to GIE Maile Matrix as he has played here before. Waters played last season at Georgia Rize where in 14 UBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg and 1.4bpg. . The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Waters was voted USbasket.com All-UBA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2014. In 2015... [read more]
Waters played last season at Georgia Rize where in 14 UBA games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg and 1.4bpg. . The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Waters was voted USbasket.com All-UBA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2014. In 2015 he had his best season where he was awarded Usbasket.com All-UBA Defensive Player of the Year.
"We need Waters if we want to get back to the UBA Finals", said head coach D.J. Douglas . We added him to be an impact player.
David Walls Re-Post C.O. Taipei Times, TSW Sports 8/13/2016 Asian Sports Band Giant Overtake has struck a wide-ranging, multi-year deal to support professional basketball in the UBA. The three-year agreement, brokered by TSW Sports & Media, the exclusive media and marketing partner of the Universal Basketball Association (UBA), covers the Santiago, Dominican Republic, UBA League, Spanish Cup, the UBA All-Star Game and United States' men's national select team for the William Jones Cup u... [read more]
David Walls Re-Post C.O. Taipei Times, TSW Sports 8/13/2016
Asian Sports Band Giant Overtake has struck a wide-ranging, multi-year deal to support professional basketball in the UBA.
The three-year agreement, brokered by TSW Sports & Media, the exclusive media and marketing partner of the Universal Basketball Association (UBA), covers the Santiago, Dominican Republic, UBA League, Spanish Cup, the UBA All-Star Game and United States' men's national select team for the William Jones Cup until the 2018/19 season.
Overtake , a joint venture between the GIE Maile Matrix and Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), becomes the official sports branding of the UBA, Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic), Spanish Cup (Europe) and will have a range of branding rights, including on-court LED advertising.
Additional elements of the agreement, announced in Taipei on Tuesday, include in-game promotions, merchandising opportunities and coverage of the Jermaine Barnes Documentary.
'It is a great honor for Overtake to become a partner of the Universal Basketball Association and sign me to this endorsement,' said Jermaine Barnes, the star guard for GIE Maile Matrix.
'The faith this company has in me as a player means alot". Being injured for two seasons has humbled me but has given me a drive to be the best I can be once again. Taiwanese basketball brand signs UBA star UBA signs official sponsor
Barnes; who was named top minor league player of the decided by Usbasket.com was on top of his game from 2011-14. The international star had played in over 8 countries and final reached his goal of playing in the NBA. Barnes was later released by the Minnesota Timberwolves after failing his physical forcing him to retire at the age of 30.
"We know Barnes very well", said General Manager of Overtake Ricky Hung. He was great player in Asia and help us win a silver medal in the 2012 William Jones Cup. We believe he has a story to tell and will make a dramatic return to basketball.
Not only will Overtake partner with the UBA; it will also become a minority owner of the GIE (Sports Team) brand. The Asian company will sponsor GIE in all international Cups including the Copa Mitchell Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic and Barcelona, Spain 2017 (Cup). The multi year contract will be performance based (for Jermaine Barnes).
"This is the real world", said Barnes. A great company like this will not invest into me if I can't preform. Its my job to get back in the gym and be the player I once was.
Barnes will be under contract from December 2016-18. He must compete in the Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic), Spanish Cup (Barcelona), William Jones Cup (Taiwan) and all UBA events.
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