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UBA Ten Year Anniversary: All-Decade Team by Position from 2009-2019 - Jul 10, 2018


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DAVID WALLS
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7/11/2018

While no one could bring the UBA to the heights of popularity reached when Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83) of SG Bergishe Loewen Germany was an active player, the early years of the league dominated the entire minor league scene. But like most minor league programs, the eras change and talent drops for different reasons. Today we honor the decade of 2009-2019 which features the old school as well as the new generation of the UBA. With the UBA celebrating its ten year anniversary, we felt it would be fitting to honor the top 10 players in league history.

It would be safe to say that the GIE Maile Matrix owned the UBA in the ten year history. The club racked up an amazing five league championships along with 4 in FIBA competition.

Perhaps the biggest off-court development was the amazing rate of players that went to the next level after joining the league. In the ten year history, the league has sent just over 205 players overseas. This is a mark no other minor league can measure up to. As guys like Jermaine Barnes continued to put the UBA on the map, the on-court development could only grow. Barnes was one of the only players in minor league history to be invited to the NBA after serving several years pro (Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC, agency: Interperformances) comes to mind). He was also the first and only minor league player featured in SLAM Magazine. The UBA would later see the same shine with a Slam online feature in 2013 'More than a League'.

The newest generation of the UBA features the Fort Worth F.I.R.M.. The UBAs new version of the GIE brand. The Waters brothers have turned heads from Georgia to Texas as the new culture of the future. Rising star, Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92, college: Tarleton St.), has won back-to-back MVP awards along with two titles. At this rate he will be in the UBA Hall of Fame before we know it.

Without further adieu, here is the all-decade team:

All-Decade 1st Team
DeAndre Bray
Bray
Freddie Williams
Williams
Mike Sloan
Sloan
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Chris Moore
Moore


PG: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85) of Southwest Atlanta Ambassadors
UBA Years: 7

Achievements:

UBA League MVP (2014)
Three All-UBA First Teams
One All-UBA Second Team
Two All-Defensive First Team Appearances
Two All-Defensive Second Team Appearances
Six All-Star Game Appearances
Two UBA Championships

Career UBA Average: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 10.8apg, 2.4spg
Best Season (2016): 21.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.4apg

Bio:
Maybe the greatest point guards of all-time, Bray maintained an incredibly high level of play well into his decade in the league. At 5'5, he combined the speed and athleticism of a wing player with the floor vision of an elite point guard.

He single-handedly revived a moribund UBA franchise, making four UBA Finals appearances. He won two titles with the Southern Generals (2011) and the Georgia PRIME (2014). He was named League MVP in 2014 averaging a league best 11.3 assists per game with 19 points.

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SG: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of GIE Maile Matrix
UBA Years: 8

Achievements:

2011 UBA Finals MVP
UBA League MVP (2015)
Three All-UBA First Teams
One All-UBA Second Team
One All-UBA Third Team
Three All-Defensive First Team Appearances
One All-Defensive Second Team Appearances
Seven All-Star Game Appearances
Two UBA All-Star MVP
Four UBA Championships
Four FIBA Cup Championships (Dominican Rep, Taiwan, Spain)
Member of the 2012 Silver Medal Team of the FIBA William Jones Cup (Taiwan)

Career UBA Average: 16.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.9apg, 2.8spg
Best Season (2012): 25.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.6apg, 4.0spg

Bio:
Freddie has already packed a career's worth of achievements into his first seven years in the UBA. His Generals team in 2011 won the first championship outside of GIE in the first five seasons.

Williams is one of the most athletic and skilled players in the league at 6'1 190lbs - a freak of nature with the ability to run the point and dominate a game athletically. After his controversial move to the Matrix in the off-season, nothing but a PRIME-like run of championships will satisfy many of his fans. Williams and Barnes would create a Jordan/ Pippen like connection dominating the league for the next five seasons in the UBA and overseas.

In 2013 Freddie Williams was the Usbasket.com All-Minor League Team MVP.

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F: Mike Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84) of Atlanta Legends
UBA Years: 6

Achievements:
UBA League MVP (2015)
Three All-UBA First Teams
Two All-UBA Second Teams
One All-UBA Third Team
Three All-Defensive Second Teams
Six All-Star Appearances
UBA Rookie of the Year
Two UBA Championships

Career UBA Average: 21.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.8apg, 2.0spg
Best Season (2015): 27.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.4apg

Bio:
Part of one of the greatest draft classes of all-time, Sloan made a big time impact despite playing in only seven years of the last decade. Arguably the best player in history with an unbelievable ability to get into the lane, he carried the Southern Generals to one of the most unlikely title runs in recent UBA history.

Mike Sloan could easily be ranked as the most pure talent to ever come into the UBA. He also spent four seasons in Europe. In 2012, he was the top scorer in Iceland with a 29.8 Point per game average.

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F: Jermaine Barnes
UBA Years: 8

Achievements:
Three UBA Finals MVP
2009 Rookie of the Year
Four All-UBA MVP Awards
Seven All-UBA First Teams
Five All-Defensive First Team Appearances
Eight All-Star Game Appearances
Three All-Star Game MVP awards
UBA All-Star Game Dunk & Three Point Champion (2012)
Five UBA Championships
Five FIBA Championships (Dominican Rep., Spain, Taiwan)
A Member of the 2012 USA National Team: Silver Medal in FIBA Williams Jones Cup (Taiwan)
Named Usbasket.com All-Minor League Player of the Year (USA)
Named Usbasket.com All-Decade Team
Named LatinBasket.com All-Mitchell Cup MVP (Dominican Rep.)
Named Eurobasket.com All-Mediterranean Cup MVP (Spain)

Career UBA Average: 30.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg
Best Season (2009): 41.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 5.4apg

Bio:
Love him or hate him, the UBA's most polarizing player has had one of the most memorable decades in the league's history. He earned five rings playing for the GIE Maile Matrix. He holds over 20 UBA records including the 60-point game vs. the Georgia Lions in 2012. Scoring numbers like this ranks him as the top scorer in league history averaging an incredible 30.1 points per game in his career.

A dominating two-way player with the ability to guard three positions on defense and create his own shot from any spot on the floor on offense, Barnes has appeared in seven of the last ten UBA Finals.

Outside of the UBA; Barnes has played in 15 professional countries winning seven scoring titles and two league championships. In the summer of 2012, SLAM Magazine featured the minor league star and put the UBA brand on the map. The fall of 2014, Barnes joined the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. He was later sidelined with a career ending injury forcing his early retirement.

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C: Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88) of GIE Maile Matrix
UBA Years: 5

Achievements:
Two UBA Defensive Player of the Year awards
Five All-UBA First Teams
One All-UBA Second Teams
Six Defensive First-Team Appearances
All-Time Leader in blocks
Three All-Star Games
Three UBA Championships

Career UBA Average: 12.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.8spg, 3.0bpg
Best Season (2015): 15.2ppg, 13.0rpg, 6.4bpg

Bio:
No player was as consistently dominant through the last decade on the defensive end like Chris Moore. Regarded as the ultimate defender by all the coaches; Moore has set every shot blocking record in league history.

Moore is the first player in UBA history to win a championship with two different teams while being named All-UBA 1st Team.

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2nd-Team PG: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Point, GA)
UBA Years: 7

Awards:
Two Time All-UBA Guard of the Year
Two All-UBA First Teams
Two All-UBA Second Teams
One All-UBA Third Teams
Six-time All-Star
UBA All-Star Game Three Point Champion

Career UBA Average: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 9.0apg, 1.4spg
Best Season (2011): 18.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 10.1apg

Bio:
The architect of the league's all-time greatest offenses (Southern Generals), De La Cruz was the ultimate offensive weapon. He was a regular member of the 50/40/90 club -- a player with a field goal percentage over 50, three-point percentage over 40 and free throw percentage over 90.

De La Cruz was the main reason for the great 2011 upset of the UBA. The Southern Generals won the 2010-2011 UBA title over favored GIE Maile Matrix. He also played professionally in the Santiago Pro League in the Dominican Republic. In 2015, Will De La Cruz became the first and only played inducted into the UBA Hall of Fame.

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2nd-Team SG: Ricky James (6'4''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.)
UBA Years: 6

Achievements:
Three All-UBA First Teams
Two All-UBA Second Teams
One All-UBA Third Team
One All-Defensive Second Teams
Five All-Star Appearances
UBA Rookie of the Year (2010)
Two UBA Championships
Career UBA Average: 21.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg
Best Season (2014): 28.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.9apg

Bio:
The ultimate Mr. Perfect basketball player, James was a compact combo guard who could simply do it all. A pure scorer by every stretch of the word. James won two UBA scoring titles including an impressive 28.2 point per game average in 2014.

Ricky James would follow the rest of the legends of the UBA by signing several contracts overseas. In 2013, James was the top scorer in Australia with a 27.8 point per gam average. He would also play in Saudi, Iraq and Uruguay.

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2nd-Team F: Ransom Antoine (6'5''-F-82, college: Columbus St.)
UBA Years: 6

Achievements:
One All-UBA 1st Team
One All-UBA Second Team
Three All-UBA Third Teams
Usbasket.com All-UBA Forward of the Year (2013)
Five All-Star Appearances
One UBA Championship

Career UBA Average: 20.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg
Best Season (2013): 28.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.4apg

Bio:
Not the flashiest scorer, Ransom's fundamentally sound game has aged well over the last decade. With an uncanny ability to generate space on his mid-range jumper, he is one of the toughest covers in the league - especially in the last two minutes.

The acquisition of Ransom with the Matrix gave him a late-career rejuvenation, allowing him to prove his abilities by out-dueling DeAndre Bray and Derrick Allen in a memorable run to the 2008 UBA title. An underrated defender, he's quietly entered the pantheon of UBA greats.

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2nd-Team F: Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-PF-86, college: Ill.-Chicago)
UBA Years: 6

Achievements:
2011 Rookie of the Year
Two UBA Defensive Player of the Year
Two All-UBA First Teams
One All-UBA Second Teams
One All-UBA Third Teams
Five All-Star Appearances
Two UBA Championships

Career UBA Average: 14.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0bpg
Best Season (2012): 18.0ppg, 14.0rpg, 2.4bpg

Bio:
Otherwise known as the freak of the UBA, Jermaine Dailey brought excitement to Atlanta, GA in the early years of the UBA. Dailey was the first overall pick of the 2011 UBA Draft by the GIE Maile Matrix. He would go on to win League Rookie of the Year. He would leave the Matrix to sign in Taiwan. It was the first of eight countries Dailey would play in.

Dailey would leave the Matrix in 2012 and start life as the star attraction for the Georgia Lions. He would go on to have his best season before signing in Mexico.

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C: Keith "Boss" Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.)
UBA Years: 4

Achievements:
2016 Defensive Player of the Year
One All-UBA First Teams
One All-UBA Second Team
Four Defensive Second Team Appearances
Two All-Star Games
Two UBA Championships
Four FIBA Championships
2014 Usbasket.com All-Decade Team (USA)
Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Cup MVP

Career UBA Average: 18.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 7.0apg, 5.4bpg
Best Season (2015): 16.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 10.0apg, 7.0bpg

Bio:
A combination of size, strength, athletic ability and skill ever seen. Keith 'Boss' Closs is the only member to play in under three years. Boss was the most unstoppable force of the last decade. In his short time in the UBA, the only way to stop him was to play outside of 2013-17.   




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