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Tony Omotayo: Stud or One year wonder? - Oct 20, 2012


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Tony Omotayo

ATLANTA Enough scorers have enjoyed career seasons next to DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) to question whether Tony Omotayo (6'4''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) will be the same offensive player without him around.

Every Lion figures to take some kind of efficiency hit without Bray, but no Atlanta player relied on him more to create easy buckets than Omotayo last season, although the flip side of that is that Bray needed an excellent roll man like Omotayo more than any other Lion to be successful himself.

According to Usbasket, Omotayo was assisted on 70.0 percent of his buckets in 2011-12 with the Lions last year. A third of his 2011-12 plays came as the roll man (more than any other play type), UBABasket, a play on which he scored 1.23 points per play (10th in the league). Thus some wonder whether he can repeat his superb 16.4 ppg season on 50.5 percent shooting (60.8 percent with Bray, 44.0 percent without him, per the UBAs stats tool) with Bray no longer around to set him up.

Omotayo was by far the Most Valuable Player for the Lions in the UBA championship game last summer (24 points and 8 rebounds), but the team came up short to the hands of Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) and the GIE Maile Matrix.

He was an ideal pick-and-roll partner for Bray with his combination of athleticism, agility and quickness in a 6-foot-5 package. The Nigerian-America was the biggest surprise for the UBA coming off a season ending injury in 2010-11. He return with a new mind set and focus for the game that wasnt expected. Omotayo averaged a career best 16.4ppg, 6.5rpg shooting over 50%. He was later named Usbasket.com All-UBA Import Player of the Year.

Omotayo so badly wanted an opportunity to prove himself upon landing in UBA, and he found himself in a perfect situation with the unselfish Bray. Yet now without him he bristled at a question during Media Day about whether his game would change without the PRIMESs new point guard.

"Tony is ready to be a big contributor for us this season", says head coach Mike Dennis . As long as he continues to work like he does he will be one of the top forwards in the league this season.


  




Darrell
Waters
GIE Maile Matrix resign Darrell Waters - 13 days ago

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]

Jermaine
Barnes
Jermaine Barnes Signs Multi-Year Endorsement Deal with OverTake - 15 days ago

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]

Joel Kindred
Singers Tortosa (Spain) ink Joel Kindred; ex Georgia Prime - 15 days ago

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]


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