These 5 awards all have significant value in its own way. All players want these awards and although the ultimate prize is the UBA Title, these awards showcase outstanding and overachieving individual efforts. With all the talent entering the league this season here are my predictions for the 2012-13 season.
Most Valuable Player Defensive Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Most Improved Player Coach of the Year Sixth Man of the Year
Honestly, the easiest award to figure out is coaching. Although there are good coaches in the UBA who will improve their respective teams this season, no one will deserve this award more than Mr. Douglas. The man has had a hell of an off-season. From convincing Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) to play for one more years together, and then losing Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Morgan St.) & George Akpele (6'10''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grambling St.) to the Southern Generals, to then drafting Quin Humphrey (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Youngstown St.) and trading for James "Harden" Williams, it is honestly shocking to me that this team will be the Top team in the League this season, but they will be. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who can control the personality of Jonathan Simpson (6'8''-C/F, college: Clark Atlanta), while still clinging onto both Barnes and Williams (on MVP levels), while also compiling one of the most solid drafts this off-season, is a phenomenal coach. This, however, goes without saying, considering we all know how outstanding of a coach D.J. is. This team fought, and won it's 3rd UBA championship last season. Let's not forget the great offseason signing of Brian Kelly. Kelly has proven toughness and is a great rebounder. Expect Jermaine Barnes to take full control of this team when he returns from injury, and with a deeper bench and true Sixth Man in James Williams (6'3''-G/F-87, college: Victory) to lead the way, this GIE team has improved. Very quietly, but they have. D.J. Douglas , this season, will prove to the UBA why he deserves the honor of being named Coach of the Year.
Crain is everything you want in a Combo Guard: great defender, passer, and scorer. Hes fast and plays with a chip on his shoulder. It helps Crain that he has been drafted into a situation where the PRIME are looking for that go to guy when DeAndre Bray, arguably the best PG in the UBA, is having an off night. This will help Crain in more ways than one. For one, it will result in wins, something that helps your resum when running for any individual award. Secondly, he plays with an All-Star player he can go to for assists and second chance points, something the other star rookies such as Quin Humphrey & David Brown (6'5''-F-88, college: Clark Atlanta) do not have. Crain has already shown the UBA what he is all about in his MVP off season in the SEBL Pro Am, going over 30 points and 10 assists. With the PRIME having a good mix of shooters and slashers, Crain will be able to run the offense fluently for Georgia, causing him to put up very impressive numbers, as well as get wins along the way. My projections for the rookie out of VSU are 22 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, and a Rookie of the Year trophy to hang in his trophy case.
Hard not to give this award to Omotayo, he is the reigning Import Player of the Year. He averaged a career best 14.6ppg and 5 rebounds. And who could forget his breakout performance in the UBA Finals dropping a team high 24 points and 9 rebounds. Now that James Williams is back with GIE, the Titans have opened up shape for the Swingman to breakout in 2013.
Toughest award to pick. So many players are willing to have breakout years, such as James "Harden" Williams did last season. I'm going to go with what I think is a safe pick in King. If he can adapt to Tony Omotayo and Tay Barber (6'0''-G-86, college: Life), and I think he will, and have an athletic big to run the floor with him, Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia), this should finally get King adjusted to running a SG-role. Tough role to get used to, but I think he will adjust this season. His improved passing and court-vision, to go along with his outstanding scoring ability, will result in a great year for King, and a huge step for the UBA runner-ups. King has the ability to average 20 points per game this season with the role Mike Dennis will have for him. .
What more can Ransom do for the Spartans? He was named Usbasket.com All-UBA Defensive 1st Team and led the Assault to the 2nd best record in the South.. The only thing missing from one of the UBAs best defenders would be A Defensive Player of the Year award. Last season he averaged an impressive 14.0ppg 10.2rpg and 2.5 steals. I predict the same numbers on defense with more offense.
This award is a shoe-in if you ask me. What more could you ask for out of a player coming off the bench. UBA fans know what James Williams is capable of doing: scoring, and very quickly, strong with great jumping ability. The main problem with Williams is that he plays on GIE. We watched Williams go from a 8th man of GIE with an average of 8ppg. Last season joining the Atlanta Titans and having a season to remember. Williams averaged a career best 20.8ppg along with being named a UBA All-Star and Usbasket.com All-UBA Most Improved Player.
My Bold Prediction is this one. I love Jermaine Barnes game, but it's time for a new UBA MVP. Don't get me wrong, Jermaine Barnes will play great this season, but Terence Morris is a dominant big man playing with two UBA All-stars that are willing to sacrifice there games for a chance at a title helps. With the Express having the shooters they have (Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma), Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) and Kenneth Henderson (6'7''-F-82, college: Texas Arlington)), the inside-outside game for Houston is going to thrive. Terence Morris has NBA experience to go along with big time Eruopiean awards. There is no reason that he wouldn't come to the UBA and dominate every major category along with possibly winning a UBA title. Overall, Morris is the most valuable player to a team in the league, and thats why he is my MVP.
UBA News 11/21/2016 GIE Maile Matrix landed experienced 34-year old American international forward Marquin Chandler (6'8''-F-82, college: San Jose St., agency: Haylett Sports) . The last time (14-15) he played at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. Chandler missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Among other achievements Chandler played in the final of Portuguese League in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Honorable... [read more]
UBA News 11/21/2016
GIE Maile Matrix landed experienced 34-year old American international forward Marquin Chandler (6'8''-F-82, college: San Jose St., agency: Haylett Sports) . The last time (14-15) he played at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. Chandler missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Among other achievements Chandler played in the final of Portuguese League in 2011. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Honorable Mention award in 2015. Chandler has been regularly called to USA Senior National Team since 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Chandler has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Chandler has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Ahli), Japan (Chiba Jets), Korea (Anyang KGC, SK Knights and Dongbu Promy), Latvia (ASK Riga), Philippines (Purefoods Star), Singapore, Portugal (Benfica) and IBL (Tri City B.).
He attended San Jose State until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Chandler's game is described as: A natural wing who played 4/5 in High School, adding some inside skills. Can spend time in the point forward position, bringing up the ball most of the time. Can also hit the three point shot with great accuracy, especially when you need it. Dribbles very well in open court.
UBA News: 11/21/2016 GIE Maile Matrix signed experienced 37-year old forward Erron Maxey (6'6''-F-78, college: Providence). He played last summer at Toowoomba Mountaineers in Australian QBL. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 26.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. The last season Maxey played at Bohemios Montevideo in Uruguayan LUB where in 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-U... [read more]
GIE Maile Matrix signed experienced 37-year old forward Erron Maxey (6'6''-F-78, college: Providence). He played last summer at Toowoomba Mountaineers in Australian QBL. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 26.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.0spg. The last season Maxey played at Bohemios Montevideo in Uruguayan LUB where in 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Honorable Mention. Maxey was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team in 2016.
His team made it to the Australian QBL Semifinals in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Maxey has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Atenas and Quimsa), Chile (Universidad de Concepcion), Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro), Finland, Hungary, Japan (Niigata Albirex), Mexico (Santos), New Zealand (Giants and Saints), Puerto Rico and Uruguay (Union Atletica and Nacional).
Maxey attended Providence College until 2001 and it will be his 16th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: All-around outstanding athlete with a good outside shot and great moves to the hoop...Strong rebounder who uses his outstanding leaping ability to beat bigger players to the hoop...Has great quickness and basketball skills.
Erron is an extremely athletic and hard working small forward who can knock down the open perimeter jumpshot as well as take his man off the dribble. Erron has tremendous moves to the hoop and utilizes his amazing jumping ability and quickness to beat his man to the rim. Erron is unique in that he is also able to dominate bigger players in the post when needed. At Providence College, one of the top basketball teams in the prestigious Big East Conference, Erron excelled while being forced to play out of position at the power forward spot. Erron natural skills are well suited for the small forward spot where Errona™s ceaseless work ethic, unparalleled athleticism and versatility make him perfectly suited for the NBA where he will excel as a small forward.
GIE Maile Matrix agreed terms with 32-year old swingman Richard Lusane (6'5''-PG-84, college: Valdosta St.). He already started the season at Georgia PRIME (UBA). Lusane has played there for the last five years. The last season he played also at Georgia where in 14 UBA games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 6.6apg (leader !!!) and 2.7spg (leader !!!). Lusane helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com All-UBA Playoff 1st... [read more]
GIE Maile Matrix agreed terms with 32-year old swingman Richard Lusane (6'5''-PG-84, college: Valdosta St.). He already started the season at Georgia PRIME (UBA). Lusane has played there for the last five years. The last season he played also at Georgia where in 14 UBA games he had very impressive stats: 18.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 6.6apg (leader !!!) and 2.7spg (leader !!!). Lusane helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com All-UBA Playoff 1st Team, 2nd Team and All-Defensive 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of UBA in 2013 and 2015. Lusane was also voted Usbasket.com All-UBA Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2014.
He has played also professionally in SEBL (Tri-County).
Lusane attended Valdosta State until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
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