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.
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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