Over the past three seasons the UBA has placed over 100 players overseas. One of the great things about the company has to be the opportunity for athletes with below average resumes elevating their international stock. When you think of some of the top minor leagues in the past (USBL, CBA) transitions top talent to the NBA or top leagues overseas, most of the player had names. The UBA is the only league that takes players with no name and develops the players skill set along with the resume.
One of the best examples woud be Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia) of Atlanta, GA. Miller-Williams played his college basketball at South Carolina State before transferring to D2 West Georgia. At West Georgia he averaged just 11ppg and 5 rebounds. After college Williams had no offers and just a dream.
I joined the UBA because they gave players like me the opportunity to prove myself, said Miller-Williams. Coming from a small school no one would give me the opportunity. Now I am living my dream.
Now Miller-Williams stars for Icelandic KFI Reykjavik. In 2011-12 the team played in the 2nd Division and Miller-Williams was named leagues Forward of the Year. He averaged an impressive 22.4ppg and a league best 13.3rpg. Stats are good and awards are nice but he carried the club to a league best 17-1 record and a league championship. This helped the team move up to the top league in the country. Miller-Williams is now in his second season with KFI Reykjavik averaging 18 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
Although we know that Iceland is a mid-major overseas country, the story of Chris Miller-Williams is a great example of the work thats being done in the UBA. The company grooms young men into professional athletes instead of bringing in a player with it all as a pit stop. Sometimes its simply about changing lives.
Several UBA players from the 2011-2012 season have recently signed contracts to play overseas this fall. This would add on to the continuous growth of the league and its mission to move players on to the next level. Below you will find the players that have moved on from the 2011-12 UBA season.
1/16/2017 The GIE Maile Matrix have developed a knack for beating the best in the South. They did it again on Sunday night, rallying from a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for a 90-81 victory over the Atlanta Legends. Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored a season-high 40 points and 8 rebounds as the Matrix, who are second in the South, improved to 4-1 combined against the Atlanta Legends and Georgia Spartans this season. ''This is th... [read more]
The GIE Maile Matrix have developed a knack for beating the best in the South. They did it again on Sunday night, rallying from a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for a 90-81 victory over the Atlanta Legends. Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored a season-high 40 points and 8 rebounds as the Matrix, who are second in the South, improved to 4-1 combined against the Atlanta Legends and Georgia Spartans this season. ''This is the team we had to beat,'' Barnes said. ''I think we get up for the big games like the Legends. We've just got to come with a better mindset for games that we feel like we should win. We know we can play with anybody, we've proven that. But for now I'm happy with the direction of the team.'' GIE led by two early in the third quarter before Barnes scoring the next 15 points, capped by a 3-pointer to end the third. "I knew it was a matter of time before I got hot", said Barnes. Coming back from this injury has been hell for me. I needed this.
1/16/2017 Louisville Diesel go Next Level tonight in 142 to 58 win over the Dayton Sharks. Carlos Mitchell (6'1''-PG, college: IU Southeast) led all scores with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) and Nate Johnson (6'4''-G-81, college: Florida St.) added 21 points apiece. The rest of the Diesel front line all added double figures (Darryl Baker (6'3''-G, college: Danville Area CC) 19, Vernon Payne (6'8''-F/C, college: IU Southeast) 18, Greg Grimes... [read more]
Donnie Lee (6'4''-SG) lead Dayton with 16 and Ben McGriff (6'5''-G) with 11. The Diesel added some much needed fire power by getting ex Louisville point guard Chris Jones (6'2''-G) and Louisville forward veteran Nate Johnson.
1/16/2017 Former UBA first round pick Jamorris Gaines (6'7''-F-90, college: Albany St.) continues his solid play as he led the Southern Generals to a 65-63 victory over the Georgia Elite. Gaines finished the game with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Ron Blossomgame (6'9''-C/F-89, college: Middle Georgia) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the Generals. Rupert Rose (5'11''-G) add 10 for the Generals. Arif Sempala scoring a game high 23 points for the Georgia Elite. Yet again the young Elite squ... [read more]
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