Alabama Pro Basketball Update, International Edition
We covered Alabama alumni playing the NBA and G League a couple of weeks back, and indicated that we’d follow up with an overseas edition shortly afterward. Didn’t mean to wait this long, but here it is. Hopefully I can get these on a more regular schedule after this post. Lots of players to cover, so this is a long post. Here we go in no particular order…
Richard Hendrix – After a number of successful years in Europe (most recently in France), Hendrix signed with Osaka of Japan’s B1 League. In 13 games thus far with Osaka, Hendrix is filling all of the stat sheet columns, averaging 16.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Hendrix’s best game thus far this season was a 27 point, 19 rebound game a couple of weeks ago. Shortly thereafter, he hurt is hip and is currently sidelined until possibly February.
Mykal Riley – Riley has spent most of his career in France, but signed with Bursaspor of Turkey’s Basketbol Super Ligi (its top league). You don’t often see players late in their careers take a step up in the level of competition, but that’s what Riley has done. He’s adjusting to reduced minutes and less production, averaging 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. After a couple of inactive games, he was rumored to be on the verge of being released, but got a spot start just today and responded with a season-high 16 points.
Trevor Releford – Releford returned to Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga, playing this season for Braunschweig. Releford is the team’s starting point guard, and is averaging 6.4 assists per game, which is 2nd in the BBL. Releford is also averaging 10.1 points per game.
Retin Obasohan – After a season in the G League, Obasohan returned to Germany this season, playing for Bamberg. Obasohan is coming off the bench at just under 15 minutes per game for a team that’s currently in the BBL’s top 4. He is averaging 7.0 points and 2.9 assist per game in BBL play. Bamberg is also playing in the season-long Champions League, and Obasohan is averaging 7.1 points and 1.9 assists in CL games.
Michael Kessens – Kessens is the third former Alabama playing in Germany, where he returned to Vechta for another season (He's the only guy in this post that's playing for the same team as last season). Kessens typically starts, but only averages 15.5 minutes per game, and is more of a factor on defense. Current numbers are 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Vechta also plays in the Champions League, and Kessens is averaging 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in those games.
Jimmie Taylor – Taylor plays this season for Lublin in Poland’s Energa Basket Liga, where he’s averaging 9.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Taylor is currently 2nd in the league in rebounds, and 3rd in blocked shots. Lublin is currently 10-2, 1 game out of first place.
Corban Collins – After a successful season in Sweden, where he led the league in scoring in the regular season, Collins signed with Cantù of Italy’s Serie A (its top league). Collins never really got into a groove with the Italian team, averaging 6.8 points, and 1.7 assists per game, and was released this week. He should resurface with another team soon.
Bola Olaniyan – Olaniyan hadn’t played organized ball since leaving Alabama, so it was a bit of a surprise that his name popped up as signing with Carbajosa of Spain’s EBA, which is a state league of approximately 100 teams. In 15.7 minutes per game, Olaniyan is averaging 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Season high in rebounds is 16. Carbajosa is currently undefeated.
Justin Knox – Knox returned to Italy’s Serie A for another season, this time with Trento. Knox is averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Trento is also competing in the season-long EuroCup competition, where Knox is averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Ricky Tarrant – Fresh off a scoring title in Turkey’s TBL (its 2nd tier league), Tarrant returned to the league, playing this season for Mamak Belediyesi. Tarrant again leads the TBL in scoring, averaging 31.3 points per game. Tarrant is also among the league leaders in assists (8th; 5.7 APG) and steals (8th; 2.0 SPG). Tarrant has hit career high marks of 49 points and 50 points in recent games.
Nick King – King was a late signee with Alab Pilipinas of the Asean Basketball League, where he was signed to replace the league’s MVP from last season. Four games into the ABL season, King is averaging 18.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.
Charles Hankerson – Hankerson has spent the last several years in Italy’s Serie C league (a 4th tier state league), playing now for Civitavecchia. Online stats aren’t available for the league, but Hankerson did win the scoring title last year.
Alonzo Gee – Gee was a late signee by the Phoenix Pulse of the Philippines for the PBA Governor’s Cup competition. Gee played in 4 games before the Pulse was eliminated, averaging 31.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.3 steals in those games.
Tony Mitchell – Mitchell recently suited up for Aguada (Uruguay) for play in the Champions League Americas. Mitchell appeared in two games, averaging 10.0 points. He wasn’t eligible to play with Aguada in Uruguay’s LUB (its national league), so he left the team after two games.
Carl Engstrom – Engstrom started the season with Starogard Gdański in Poland. He appeared in just 4 games before being released.
Other players who have recently played in overseas leagues, but aren’t currently playing anywhere include Arthur Edwards, Shannon Hale, and Devonta Pollard.
On the women’s side, Alana Goncalo Da Silva plays for Santo Andre of Brazil’s LBF (its top women’s league). The league is currently in its offseason, and Da Silva is coming off a season where she won the league’s rookie of the year award.
Shaquera Wade made her pro debut this fall with Pully of Switzerland’s SBL. Wade was off to a great start, averaging 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 steals per game, but left the team after 4 games to return stateside for personal reasons.
NeNe Bolton, Hannah Cook, and Ashley Williams all played in Europe last season, but didn’t return this season.