So far, one of the most surprising moves of the off season for the new UBA franchise (North Texas Fresh) when it comes to free agency has been their reports of drafting ABA All-Star Jay Bowdy (6'6''-F-83, college: W.Georgia). Despite a long history of knee injuries and a recommendation from a team orthopedist that he never play again, he has decided to make a comeback in the game and it's the Fresh will be looking to draft him in the 2012 UBA draft.
According to Bowdy's agent, he has been working hard to make sure that he makes an impact in his first full season in the UBA after a couple of procedures to get his knee ready for playing:
Adding in Bowdy, if he can stay healthy, is a big coup for any Western Conference team in the UBA. Bowdy played briefly in the UBA before going down with a knee injury. He only played in 6 games averaging over 16 points per game. Most likely he will be drafted by the North Texas Fresh due to his strong roots in Fort Worth.
At the peak of his career, Jay Bowdy was one of the NJCAA premier small forwards, a rare blend of scoring, athleticism and all-around cerebral play. The NJCAA standout signed with West Georgia but was forced into early retirement just when he announced that his knees had degenerated to the point where they lacked cartilage between the bones (In his junior season). It was a harsh blow to West Georgia and to Bowdy, who at 22 years old was supposed to be entering his basketball prime.
After a year off Bowdy enter the NBA Dleague draft where he made the final cut for the Austin Toros. He would later join the West Texas Whirlwinds of the ABA. He was later named an All-Star after a breakout season with an average of 20.3ppg. Usbasket.com honored Bowdy with 1st Team All-Rookie and All-ABA. Things looked to be back on track for his career after his first full season since the ACL injury.
In the Fall of 2010 Bowdy joined the UBA with high hopes of making it to the next level due to the great success rate of UBA talent going overseas. Longtime friend and former teammate Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) was entering into his 2nd season in the UBA after winning his first MVP award. Barnes introduced Bowdy to the league and looked for a future with GIE.
"Me and Jay had grown a great relationship and I was very excited to see him come over to the UBA", said Barnes. I would always attend his ABA game and always dreamed of us teaming up again someday.
Barnes and Bowdys dreams came true as the two joined forces with the GIE Maile Matrix (Disciples). The two were looked a pound to be the next Jordan and Pippen of the UBA; but these dream were cut short after Bowdy went down with yet another knee injury.
Now the 2012 UBA Rookie has fully committed himself to a comeback. "I wouldn't be going back out there if I wasn't ready to play at a high level," Bowdy said to his hometown radio station Fort Worth Texas. Bowdy explained the medical procedure, which was executed in Dallas, as one "where they draw my blood, they spin it, they pull some different things out of it [and] they inject it right back into the joint."
Jay Bowdy will enter the 2012 UBA draft which will take place November 3, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.
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.
David Walls Reports 8/13/2016 The Basketball Club Basquet Cantaires Tortosa (Spain) has announced the addition of Joel Kindred (6'4''-G/F, college: St.Augustine) of the Georgia PRIME (UBA). It was announced on Ebro Channel 21 a few weeks ago. Kindred is a player who relies on his athletic ability, quick and explosive, with great jumping ability and good outside shooting. Joel Kindred comes with the aim of strengthening the game outside of the senior team ahead of the Catalonia Cup.... [read more]
It was announced on Ebro Channel 21 a few weeks ago. Kindred is a player who relies on his athletic ability, quick and explosive, with great jumping ability and good outside shooting. Joel Kindred comes with the aim of strengthening the game outside of the senior team ahead of the Catalonia Cup.
Last season Kindred played for the Georgia Prime of the UBA. He finished the season with an average of 15.3ppg, 5.3 rebounds and 3 assists. he was later named a UBA All-Star along with All-UBA 3rd Team honors.
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