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2012-13 PRE SEASON AWARD PREDICTIONS - Dec 4, 2012


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DAVID WALLS
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David Walls Reports:
12/4/2012

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

Coach of the Year

D.J. Douglas , Head Coach of the GIE Maile Matrix

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.

Rookie of the Year

Mike Crain (6'2''-G-84, college: Valdosta St.), SG for the Georgia PRIME

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.

Import Player of the Year

Tony Omotayo (6'5''-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.), SF for the Atlanta Titans

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.

Most Improved Player

Scheraun King (6'4''-G-86, college: Albany St.), SG for the Atlanta Titans

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. .

Defensive Player of the Year

Ransom Antoine (6'4''-F-82, college: Columbus St.), SF for the Georgia Spartans

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.

Sixth Man of the Year

James "Harden" Williams, Swingman for the GIE Maile Matrix

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.

Most Valuable Player

Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland), F for the Houston Express.

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.
  




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