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Barnes adds Star Power to the URBL - Mar 9, 2009

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Interview with Jermaine 'JB' Barnes - March 10, 2009
Currently joining the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples in there first season Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G-82, college: Atlanta Christian,GA) or 'JB' as he is affectionately known, has landed in Dallas,TX doing what he does best.putting on a show. The Atlanta born guard out of Atlanta Christian College took some time to answer a few questions in the days leading up to the opening game. Starting guard for the Dallas Ft. Worth Disciples (URBL) Barnes brings Japan star power to the new league, while in Japan he was named the JBL3 Most Valuable Player and the leagues top scorer(48.3ppg). Also being name the 1st selection in the 09' URBL draft.

Q: Hey 'JB' congratulations on becoming the 1st player taking the this years draft. How did you end up playing in Japan and now the URBL?

A: I ended up in Japan due to a close friend (Jerone Dodd), he got me my first shot to play out of college. Seeing that I went to a D3 college alot of teams were afraid to take me but he gave me a chance. I guess you could say it paid off. He really taught me how to be a professional, on and off the court. The URBL was more of a business move. Sherman Douglas who is a close friend of mine purchased the team. Long story short, he hates to lose so I came.

Q: How has the transition been with your teammates and coach?

A: The transition has been good between me and the team and coach. I came in a little bit out of shape and didn't have much time to get ready but we(me and D.J. Douglas) made it work.. Sherman has put me through extra workouts, extra running, extra shootingBut most of all I like the group he has put together. Royal Maxwell (6'9''-F-80, college: Jackson St.), is hands down our best player. He can do it all at 6-9, Jared McClinic (6'4'-F-80, college: Morris Brown), is a freak and Jerome Boyd (6'8'-F-C-84, college: Clayton St.) is a great post. He can use both hands and can flat out score. Im just trying to come in and win.

Q: You were named D3 National Player of the Year, All-Japan MVP, URBL MVP?

A: 'God willing'.

Q: You have excelled as a scorer on every level, the NCAA(26.1), Japan(48.3), ABA(26.2) and EBA(23.1). Why do you feel your not in the NBA?

A: 'To be honest I get this question alot, but it's very easy to answer. I had to go D3 in college because of my grades. So I had to prove that I wasn't just a small league star. When I went to Japan I had to start at the bottom, but I worked my way up. The Japanese teams and agents told me I had to play in the ABA,NBDL and CBA if I wanted a chance at the big league there and in the NBA. But now I have proven that I can play on all level. Now im ready to take my game to another level. But if I could play in the NBA that would be a blessing'.

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

A: 'Wow, great question. That would have to be Royal Maxwell. He can do it all. He's 6-9 and plays like a guard'. Against would have to be Sherman Douglas, he cheats'. As far as a teammate Mike Kearse maybe the best. A 6-4 PG who can do it all. He belongs in the NBA.

Q: Where did you learn to shoot? People say you have the best mid range in the south?

'A: My uncle James Smith and Sherman Douglas. There's not secret to shooting, just hard work. They pushed me to be the player I am today. James tought me how to believe in me. My uncle believed in me when i didn't. And til this day I still can't out shoot either one of them'. (lol)

Q: As far as coaching. Who was your favorite and who was the toughest?

A: My favorite coach was Robert 'Reed' Moore. He was great. He could sell papaer to a tree. I can honestly say he brought the 'JB' out of Jermaine Barnes. The toughest was hands down 'Jay Livingstone'. Coach Jay was a great coach.

Q: What were you doing to keep busy while playing in Japan?

A: I really didnt do much in Japan but work on my game. I had alot to prove my first two season in the JBL3'

Q: There's a rumor that you scored 60 point twice while in Japan, is this true?

A: Very much so. The first time I did it was my first year with Proline. We were down big and God took over. I really can't say it was me. The second time was last year in the All-Japan Tournament. I had 63 but we lost in the Championship.

Q: Ok, now focusing on your present situationWhat are you doing to prepare for the upcoming season in the URBL?

A: Well my goals are simple. I want the win the URBL championship and be the MVP of the league. Anything else will be a failure.

Q: Who would you say helped you get to this point in life as a player and a person?

A: 'My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Followed by my mother and father. I had a great dad. He always pushed me to be the best in everything I did. He made me believe in my dreams. He pushed me. My mother was a strong women of God and she pushed me in my foundation in the Lord. Those two where very important in my growth as a person. As a player Sherman Douglas, Jared McClinic, Mike Davis, Sam Orum, Royal Maxwell, Derrick Stroud, Dorian Lee, Tink and Shonna Barnes and Mike Kearse. Those guys helped me as a player and are my dear friends.


Will De La Cruz joins the Georgia Prowl - Sep 13, 2009 (by URBL media)

The former Atlanta Christian player Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) signed wit the ABA. He agreed on terms with the ABAs Georgia Prowl. The Prowl is the expansion team that is scheduled to take the start in November. They will be located in Atlanta, Georgia. The 28-year-old Will De La Cruz was among the best performers of the URBL last season. The guard was named to the NCAA Division 3 HM All-American Team in college. He led the Irving Assault to the URBL Championship games last season   [read more]

Kearse Re-Signs with SISU CPH - Sep 4, 2009 (by URBL media)

Kearse finished the season 2008-09 with SISU CPH in the Danish Canal Digital Ligaen averaging 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.8 assists per game in 29.8 minutes per game on the court. He finished the regular season as the second scorer with 22.5 PPG, seventh rebounder with 8.3 RPG, fifth in steals with 2.7 SPG, while he is also sixth in the number of fouls drawn per game. Kearse led the league in the number of mid-range shots made per game   [read more]
URBL Owners Name Maria Correa President of International Operations. - Sep 4, 2009 (by URBL media)

The United Regional Basketball League announced today that international scout and business women, Maria Correa has been appointed President of International Operations, effective immediately. Maria Correa will head up the franchise expansion and team development north and south of the border. 'Maria knows what it takes to be a champion, her experience and knowledge gained from her international recruiting success makes her a natural for this position,' said J   [read more]

Jermaine Barnes Signs with Al Ahli Jeddah - Jul 23, 2009   [read more]
Ferro Carril (Uruguay) sign Boyd - Jul 14, 2009   [read more]
Catching up with URBL Finals MVP (Sherman Douglas) - Jul 9, 2009   [read more]
Big Spoon Takes his show to Uruguay. Lastest URBL player signed - Jul 9, 2009   [read more]
Sheffield Arrows (United Kingdom) sign Oxley - Jul 9, 2009   [read more]
Dallas Ft. Worth win URBL Championship: Douglas Named Finals MVP - May 31, 2009   [read more]
Jermaine Barnes named URBL Most Valuable Player - May 31, 2009   [read more]
All-URBL Awards 2009 Summary - May 31, 2009   [read more]
James' 44 points help Irving pass the Flight 109-100: URBL Semi Finals - May 31, 2009   [read more]
1st Round Game Results: 2009 URBL Play-Offs - May 30, 2009   [read more]
Will De La Cruz named URBL Player of the Week - May 27, 2009   [read more]
Game Results: Texas Falls to Houston but Harris Makes a Statement. - May 22, 2009   [read more]
URBL Announces All-Star Selections - May 17, 2009   [read more]
Jerome Boyd named URBL Player of the Week - May 16, 2009   [read more]
Douglas help Disciples even the score in Converse. - May 16, 2009   [read more]
URBL Names Snell Player of the Week - Apr 27, 2009   [read more]
Barnes Rewrites Record Book scoring 50 points - Apr 19, 2009   [read more]

URBL Standings
D Division
 1. Austin F. 6-5 
 2. Houston S. 6-5 
 3. S. Antonio 5-6 
 4. Univ.City S. 3-7 
 5. Dallas 1-10 
National Division
 1. DFW 13-2 
 2. Irving A. 13-2 
 3. Converse F. 12-3 
 4. Houston G. 8-7 
 5. Texas M. 6-9 
 6. Katy S. 0-15 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 1. Barnes, DFW41.5 
 2. Boyd, DFW30.5 
 3. James, Irving29.0 
 4. Harner, Con25.3 
 5. De La Cruz, Irv.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 1. Boyd, DFW,15.2 
 2. Stroud, Dallas,11.0 
 3. Barnes, DFW,10.9 
 4. Ellison, Texas10.4 
 5. Green, Houston,10.1 
Assists Per Game
 1.Douglas, DFW13.5 
 2.Fisher, Con12.2 
 3.De La Cruz, Irving10.9 
 4.Oxley, Austin9.6 
 5.Negrin, Houston S.9.5 
Steals Per Game
 1.Barnes, DFW5.2 
 2.Fisher, Con4.0 
 3.Snell, Dallas3.7 
 4.Humphrey, Irving3.1 
 5.Stroud, Dallas3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 1.Boyd, DFW3.0 
 2.Stroud, Dallas.2.8 
 3.Green, Houston2.0 
 4.Barnes, DFW1.8 
 5.James, Irving,1.0 
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