Pirates Overseas: 2014 class, a few ‘old-timers’ going strong

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Seton Hall has over a dozen former hoopers playing ball professionally all over the world. From Australia to Norway, here is a roundup of how they are doing.

This is a follow up to a piece I posted last November.

2014 class

Eugene Teague: As I recently documented here, Teague has made a switch from France to Argentina.

Patrik Auda: Auda had a slow start in Poland, but if you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that hasn’t been the case recently. Pat averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg over his first seven games, but has put up very impressive stats throughout the rest of his first pro season. Alongside former Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell, he has averaged 17.1 ppg and 4.8 rpg in the six games since I tweeted this with four regular season games to play for AZS Kutno.

Auda will surely play a role for the Czech Republic again when they compete in Eurobasket 2015 group stage action in September.

Aaron Geramipoor: AG has taken his opportunity to move up the Spanish basketball ladder. I tweeted the news during the season and Haralds Karlis also dropped a hint about his buddy’s success post-Creighton, but here’s the scoop. After given a chance on the Canarias Basketball Academy’s third-tier (LEB Silver) club in Spain, Geramipoor excelled and subsequently signed with Ourense of the second tier league (LEB Gold) in January.

He is only a role player on Ourense (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 12 mpg), but has a chance to move to the top league in the country. LEB Gold’s regular season winner is promoted to Liga Endesa while places second through ninth compete in a playoff where the winner is also promoted; Ourense is currently in third. Naturally, the bottom two teams in Liga Endesa move to the second tier.

Fuquan Edwin: Since we last spoke, Fu’ has played with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League. Despite not receiving any call-ups to the Skyforce’s NBA affiliate, the Miami Heat, Edwin has started 33 of 49 games and is averaging 13.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.8 spg to lead the Skyforce to the D-League playoffs, which started last night.

Edwin has put together some standout performances including 28 points (six 3pters) against the Maine Red Claws. Fu’ also hit this game-winner.

Brian Oliver: After getting drafted by the Reno Bighorns in the D-League draft, Oliver has found his way to the Canadian National Basketball League, where he has played a reserve role for Mississauga (5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 16.3 mpg). Mississauga actually played the team that Aquille Carr was on briefly, but Oliver was not rostered for the first meeting and Carr was no longer on the Saint John Mill Rats in the second meeting that Oliver played in.

Tom Maayan: Unfortunately, Maayan hasn’t seen much luck in Israel. He continued to not see any time for Hapoel Jerusalem this season and was loaned to Elitzur Ramla of the Israeli minors last November.

Other former Willard players:

Eniel Polynice: The former graduate transfer that played just one season for Seton Hall has continued his career mostly in Central and South America. After stints in Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay, Polynice is playing for Quebradillas of Puerto Rico, which started its season last month. Playing a major role on the team, 15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 5.5 apg sounds about right for the versatile forward that is capable of handling the rock.

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Jordan Theodore: After last playing in the Dominican Republic, Theo resides in France’s top tier, ProA, balling for Bourg. The former Pirate point guard is averaging 13.2 ppg, 5.8 apg and 3.7 rpg including 31 points and 10 assists in his last game. Theodore was able to link up with Gene Teague in Paris before Teague moved to Argentina.

Jeremy Hazell: One of Seton Hall’s biggest fan favorites over the last decade, Hazell has excelled for Bologna of the Italian Serie A. The shooting guard is averaging 14.9 ppg (54-151 3pters) and has played all 25 games for the seventh-placed team that still has five games left in their regular season.

Keon Lawrence: There has to be some sort of irony in Keon’s playing for Norwegian club Tromso, located within the Arctic Circle. He averaged 21.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 4.9 apg this season alongside former Binghamton forward Reggie Fuller, leading Tromso to their first BLNO title.

Robert Mitchell & Paul Gause: The pair of Pirates signed with Moroccan club ASS Sale for the 2014-15 season, which wrapped up last month, but I can’t find any stats for how it panned out.

Herb Pope: As I mentioned in my bit about Gene Teague signing in Argentina, Pope is playing in the same country but in their second tier for Monte Hermoso. Pope is averaging 13.4 ppg and 8.4 rpg for the club after moving on from Netanya of the Israeli second tier, a club which he was at last November.

John Garcia: A very well-liked Pirate that was always crippled with injuries, I can’t find any record of Garcia playing after his stint with Argentinian club Lanus last year. It’s amazing that he extended his career that long with a handful of knee injuries that stunted his ability since high school.

Old-timers:

Donald Copeland (2002-06): Another well-liked Pirate guard, Copeland has played most of his professional career in Puerto Rico and this season is no different. Joining Eniel Polynice, Copeland is playing for a Puerto Rican club named Ponce but has only seen limited time (3.1 ppg, 1.3 apg, 12 mpg).

Andre Barrett (2000-04): If you missed the news last November, 32-year-old Barrett was traded to the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League. Despite serviceable numbers (12.5 ppg, 4.1 apg) for the Knicks’ D-League affiliate, Barrett failed to earn a call-up this year.

Samuel Dalembert (1999-2001): Besides the recent news that Dalembert will be inducted into Seton Hall’s 2015 Hall of Fame Class, the only Hall player left in the NBA at the beginning of this season was waived in January. Dalembert started 21 of 32 games, averaging 4 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.3 bpg in what could be his final season in the league.

Rimantas Kaukenas (1996-2000): A former teammate of Dalembert’s, Kaukenas is still going strong in Italy at the ripe age of 37 (he turns 38 on April 11th). Kaukenas is averaging 11.9 ppg and 2.7 apg for the second-best team in Italy’s Serie A and made a recent weekly top 10 playlist by making this gaming-winning shot days ago.

Levell Sanders (1997-98): On a race with Kaukenas to be a 40-year-old Pirate alum still hooping, Levell is playing in the Czech Republic for BK JIP Pardubice. Sanders is averaging 10.7 ppg, 4.2 apg and 3.6 rpg for the third-placed team in an astounding 42 games at the age of 39.

Duane Jordan (1997-99): Another 90s Pirate, Jordan has resided in Australia for close to a decade and this season is no different. A nine-year veteran for Manly Warringah in the second tier Australian league, Jordan is averaging 6.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg after winning the Warantah Championship in 2013. His club plays in the Warantah division of what is called the Australian State Leagues, which consists of seven semi-professional divisions that play under the NBL. The NBL features former well-known Americans like Josh Childress, Scottie Wilbekin and Brock Motum.

For a blast from the past on Duane Jordan’s time under Tommy Amaker, read this 1998 NY Times game story.