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.
ATLANTA, GA: Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) won the UBA All-Star Game MVP as he scored 25 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists as the South beat the North, 92-89 on Sunday night in Atlanta, GA. The Souths 8 straight All-Star victories set the record for most in All-Star Game history. This was Barnes' second MVP award in the last 5 years. The former MVP was in attack mode - just like every other game - all night. He w... [read more]
ATLANTA, GA: Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) won the UBA All-Star Game MVP as he scored 25 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists as the South beat the North, 92-89 on Sunday night in Atlanta, GA. The Souths 8 straight All-Star victories set the record for most in All-Star Game history.
This was Barnes' second MVP award in the last 5 years. The former MVP was in attack mode - just like every other game - all night. He was red hot in the 4th scoring 10 points in the quarter.
"It was just good to get out there with the guys", said Barnes. I really just wanted to play a quarter and enjoy the rest of the game; But my teammates wouldn't allow it.
Barnes finished the game with a UBA All-Star record with eight three pointers. GIE Maile Matrix teammates Calvin O''''Neil and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) both added 16 points in the win. Brandon Evans (6'3''-G/F-85) was the high man for the North finishing the game with 20 points in a losing effort.
Anthony Oxley (5'9''-PG-86, college: Mount Aloysius) was named king of the three from the 2nd straight year. Oxley won the 2016 UBA Three Point Title in dominate fashion. He would continue his great shooting at the Rookies vs. Vets All-Star game where he was named co-MVP. Oxley finished the game with 28 points and 4 assists. Teammate Parker Henes (6'9''-F) was the other half of the MVP. Henes shocked the UBA with his dominance on the glass racking up a game high 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Dante Turnipseed (6'0''-PG, college: Tenn Wesleyan) took the air in the 2016 UBA Slam Dunk Contest. He capped off his great performance by jumping over the Chick Fil A mascot for the crown.
David Walls Reports 5/16/2016 Atlanta, GA (TSW Sports Network) - Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) returned from a year absence and willed the Matrix to their latest win, as the superstar hit a three- pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to boost GIE over the Spartans, 89-87, at Dominique Wilkins Gym. Barnes scored 15, including the team's final nine points, to finish the contest and give the Matrix their eleventh win to lock a playoff sp... [read more]
David Walls Reports 5/16/2016
Atlanta, GA (TSW Sports Network) - Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) returned from a year absence and willed the Matrix to their latest win, as the superstar hit a three- pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to boost GIE over the Spartans, 89-87, at Dominique Wilkins Gym.
Barnes scored 15, including the team's final nine points, to finish the contest and give the Matrix their eleventh win to lock a playoff spot. He missed the previous season with a career-ending leg injury and played in his first game since January 5, 2015 against Cleveland. "It felt great to hit the shot", said Barnes. I don't want everyone to get any ideas; I just want to take it day by day.
He is currently average 26.5ppg in just 6 games this season. He decided to sit the remainder of the season due to a set back this season. Barnes would later announce his retirement at the 2016 UBA All-Star Game. "I just wanted a chance to be with all the guys one last time", said Barnes. SO many of our fans have supported me and I wanted to leave on a high note.
David Walls Reports: 5/16/2016 Southern Generals 69 Atlanta Legends 77 The Southern Generals fell to the Atlanta Legends 77-69 Saturday night at the Dominique Wilkins Gym . Tony Omotayo (6'5''-G/F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) had a game-high 20 points and 8 rebounds. The Generals jumped out to a 14-2 run to start the game behind hot shooting from UBA Legends Will De La Cruz(6'2''-G-80, college: Point, GA), but the Legends would storm back as they finished the opening quarter with a 29-26... [read more]
The Southern Generals fell to the Atlanta Legends 77-69 Saturday night at the Dominique Wilkins Gym . Tony Omotayo (6'5''-G/F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) had a game-high 20 points and 8 rebounds. The Generals jumped out to a 14-2 run to start the game behind hot shooting from UBA Legends Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Point, GA), but the Legends would storm back as they finished the opening quarter with a 29-26 lead. Omotayo scored 11 points in the quarter alone. Generals got outscored 27-22 in the second frame and trailed 56-48 at halftime. The Legends would then finish the Generals off. Mike Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) also added 20 points and 5 assists in the win. The Southern Generals were led by Will De La Cruz. He finished the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in a losing effort.
The Legends are now holding on to the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference.
Next weekend three Atlanta Legend players will participate in the 2017 UBA All-star Game. The Legends are the only team besides the GIE Maile Matrix to have more than three players represent their respected teams in the game. Brian Kelly (6'8''-F-85, college: Clayton St.) is currently leading the UBA in rebounds with 12.1 per game. On top of his great play on the board; Kelly is adding 11 points and 1.4 blocks per game. Also in the front line is Tony Omotayo. Omotayo is averaging 17.4 points per game along with 7.8 rebounds. He is the team leader in steals with 1.8 per contest. The 2015 reigning MVP Mike Sloan cap off the Legends backcourt. Sloan is currently fifth in the league in scoring (22.3ppg) along with 5.1 assists per game.
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