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.
The Indiana Indiana Generals announced this week they will return to the UBA for their third straight season. Last season, the Indiana Generals were led in scoring by Brad Smith (6'3''-G/F-87). During the 2014-2015 season, the Indiana Generals improved to 9 wins after only winning 2 in 2014. Brad Smithwas named 2016 Most Improved Player in the UBA andhas also been apart of the 2015 & 2016 Copa Mitchell America's Cup Championship teams in the Dominican Republic. The Indiana Indiana Gen... [read more]
The Indiana Indiana Generals announced this week they will return to the UBA for their third straight season.
Last season, the Indiana Generals were led in scoring by Brad Smith (6'3''-G/F-87). During the 2014-2015 season, the Indiana Generals improved to 9 wins after only winning 2 in 2014. Brad Smith was named 2016 Most Improved Player in the UBA and has also been apart of the 2015 & 2016 Copa Mitchell America's Cup Championship teams in the Dominican Republic.
The Indiana Indiana Generals look to upgrade their talent for the upcoming 2017 season in the UBA. 'We plan to have a good preseason and draft quality players at the 2016 UBA draft, said owner Brad Smith. The Northern Conference this past season was won by the Southern Indiana Seminoles.
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]
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 he had his best season where he was awarded Usbasket.com All-UBA Defensive Player of the Year.
"We need Waters if we want to get back to the UBA Finals", said head coach D.J. Douglas . We added him to be an impact player.
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]
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 until the 2018/19 season.
Overtake , a joint venture between the GIE Maile Matrix and Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), becomes the official sports branding of the UBA, Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic), Spanish Cup (Europe) and will have a range of branding rights, including on-court LED advertising.
Additional elements of the agreement, announced in Taipei on Tuesday, include in-game promotions, merchandising opportunities and coverage of the Jermaine Barnes Documentary.
'It is a great honor for Overtake to become a partner of the Universal Basketball Association and sign me to this endorsement,' said Jermaine Barnes, the star guard for GIE Maile Matrix.
'The faith this company has in me as a player means alot". Being injured for two seasons has humbled me but has given me a drive to be the best I can be once again. Taiwanese basketball brand signs UBA star UBA signs official sponsor
Barnes; who was named top minor league player of the decided by Usbasket.com was on top of his game from 2011-14. The international star had played in over 8 countries and final reached his goal of playing in the NBA. Barnes was later released by the Minnesota Timberwolves after failing his physical forcing him to retire at the age of 30.
"We know Barnes very well", said General Manager of Overtake Ricky Hung. He was great player in Asia and help us win a silver medal in the 2012 William Jones Cup. We believe he has a story to tell and will make a dramatic return to basketball.
Not only will Overtake partner with the UBA; it will also become a minority owner of the GIE (Sports Team) brand. The Asian company will sponsor GIE in all international Cups including the Copa Mitchell Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic and Barcelona, Spain 2017 (Cup). The multi year contract will be performance based (for Jermaine Barnes).
"This is the real world", said Barnes. A great company like this will not invest into me if I can't preform. Its my job to get back in the gym and be the player I once was.
Barnes will be under contract from December 2016-18. He must compete in the Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic), Spanish Cup (Barcelona), William Jones Cup (Taiwan) and all UBA events.
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