Hoops updates: Bulls in France, Korea
All kinds of assorted updates on former USF basketball players, starting with guard Melvin Buckley, who is Las Vegas this week in pre-draft workouts for the KBL -- that's the Korean Basketball League, which has its draft of American players this weekend.
We've written about Buckley's aspirations as a recording artist -- check out his stuff at melbuckley.com -- but he said Wednesday he's hopeful he can continue his basketball career in Korea. The leading scorer in the KBL last season is a familiar name: former Bulls star Terrence Leather, who averaged 27.4 points per game while playing for the Samsung Thunder in Seoul. (Also in the league is a 6-9 forward named Carl Mitchell, who I'm almost positive is the brother of USF receiver Carlton Mitchell).
Leather played the previous season in the Phillipines, for a team called "Talk 'n' Text" -- here's an amusing video of Leather throwing a ball at an opponent during a game in the league. We'll get an update on Buckley and Leather after this weekend's draf, but now we have more updates from around the world.
-- Remember Brian Swift? The do-it-all point guard closed out USF's days in Conference USA and has been playing overseas ever since. If I'm reading this French story correctly, Swift has signed with L'Etandard de Brest after playing the prevous season in Finland. I pasted the story into Altavista.com's online translator, which netted this mangled quote: "(Swift) is a complete player, who is able to make play his team and of scorer," the general manager says. "It can attack and defend, and has a good reading of the play." Sure enough, Swift is on L'Etandard's official site -- the picture to the left is from their site as well.
-- A little closer to home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an update on Solomon Jones, who is a restricted free agent with the Hawks this summer, waiting to see where he'll play his fourth NBA season.
-- Former USF center Will McDonald, playing in the NBA Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in three games. This story says McDonald was cut by his pro team in Spain, TAU Ceramica, two weeks ago.