PART II: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ... ?
* ... This is Part II of a look at the locations of former Tar Heel players currently overseas playing pro basketball:
Kris Lang: Same as last year, he's with Virtus VidiVici in Bologna, Italy.
Orlando Melendez: He's in Luxembourg, playing for A.S. Soleuvre.
Brian Morrison: In Bursa, Turkey, with Oyak Renault of the Turkish Basketball Leaue.
Makhtar Ndiaye: With the Sporting Club of Levallois in the French Pro B league.
Ademola Okulaja: In Moscow, Russia, in the Superleague with BC Khimki.
Derrick Phelps: Has ventured to Russia where he plays for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok of the Russian Superleague.
Byron Sanders: He's a rookie on the pro circuit with the Phoenix Hagen, a second-division (2.BBL) club in Hagen, Germany. The team Web site has links to game photos.
Nikki Teasley: After a WNBA season with Washington, she signed to play for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia.
Part I of "Where in the World is ... ?" was included in last week's edition of Tar Heel Pros News & Notes.
ULEB CUP TAR HEELS: WEEK 1
* ... The European club competition of ULEB Cup got underway last week with Siena (Italy) hosting Berlin (Germany) in the first game played. Joseph Forte helped Siena (1-0) to a 79-63 win over coach Henrik Rodl's ALBA Berlin (0-1) club. Forte played 28 minutes and contributed 12 points (4-13 FG, 2-4 3p FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and three steals
In another Group C encounter, Ed Cota and Jerusalem (Israel) visited Ademola Okulaja and BC Khimki in Moscow, Russia. Khimki (1-0) came out on top 87-79 as Okulaja chipped in with two points and four boards in 11 minutes. Cota played an impressive 36 minutes for Jerusalem (0-1) with 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3p FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and five assists.
The big news in ULEB Cup last week involved the lone Tar Heel in Group D, Randy Wiel, the coach of the Dutch representative EiffelTowers Den Bosch.
Wiel's EiffelTowers club "provided one of the biggest surprises in the history of the competition by beating Real Madrid (Spain) 84-77 in overtime in Den Bosch, Netherlands," uleb.com reported on the incredible upset of Madrid, currently 7-0 in the Spanish League (ACB).
Highly regarded and heavily favored Real Madrid (0-1) opened the game with a 10-0 lead, but Travis Young (Marshall) eventually paced the winners with 25 points, including 13 in the final period to help force overtime. Den Bosch made 12 of 28 (.428) three-pointers while Madrid only connected on 5-of-17 (.294).
"We had a pretty good game against Real Madrid. They have two players (Felipe Reyes and Alex Mumbru) that were on Spain's 2006 World Championship team and two former NBA players, Louis Bullock (Michigan) and Charles Smith (New Mexico)," Wiel informed Inside Carolina following the unexpected victory. "Hopefully we can build on this game because pool D, to me, is the strongest of them all."
This week in ULEB Cup (on Wednesday), Montepaschi Siena (Joseph Forte) travels to Israel for a meeting with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Ed Cota). In Group D, EiffelTowers Den Bosch (Randy Wiel) tries to stay unbeaten against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium.
SMITH PROMOTES FLU SHOTS, DEMOCRATS
* ... Political issues and flu season have brought coaching legend Dean Smith, 75, back into the news recently.
As the honorary influenza spokesman for the state of North Carolina, the former UNC basketball coach was at the Chapel Hill Senior Center last week to get a flu shot and speak about the importance of getting a flu vaccination, according to an article posted at heraldsun.com.
"I didn't always appreciate getting a shot," Smith said. "It used to be Dr. Paul Biggers would come to me in practice and run out on the court and stick me." The results of that procedure turned out to be very effective with Smith being unable to recall ever having the flu or even missing a day of work, according to the Herald-Sun story.
Smith has also been the focus of a recent newspaper ad campaign developed and sponsored by Devout Democrats, a new political action committee based in Chapel Hill.
The print ad ("American Baptist, Devout Democrat") features a current photo of Smith with the following messages:
"I'm a lifelong Baptist and vote for Democrats. One reason? Democrats are serious about alleviating poverty." -- DEAN SMITH
I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. -- Matthew 25
The ad was designed to be used in the western North Carolina race for the U.S. House between Democrat Heath Shuler and Republican Charles Taylor, according to a recent A.P. report.
News & Notes Extras
... The Austin (Tex.) Toros claimed the NBA D-League rights to Melvin Scott when they drafted the former Tar Heel guard last Thursday. ... Also in the NBADL draft, the expansion Colorado 14ers, coached by former Tar Heel Joe Wolf, came away with Mike Harris (Rice), Von Wafer (Fla. State) and Rodney Billups (Denver), brother of Detroit Pistons' star Chauncey Billups. Virginia's Elton Brown was previously taken by the 14ers in the expansion draft and is listed on the club's training camp roster. ... Jawad Williams is among 16 players the NBADL's Anaheim Arsenal have invited to training camp that begins on November 12. ... Look for former Tar Heel Ronald Curry in the Monday night game between the Oakland Raiders (2-5) and AFC West rival Seattle (4-3) tonight on ESPN (8:30 p.m. ET). A healthy Curry has played in all seven games for the Raiders at wide receiver with 14 catches for 224 yards (16 yards per catch). ... Sam Perkins was in Seattle last night to be honored as one of 16 members of the SuperSonics' 40th anniversary team as selected by the fans.
NOVEMBER'S BIRTHDAYS ...
- 1: Octavus Barnes (32), Tracy Reid (30) and David Thornton (28)
- 2: Surry Wood (22)
- 3: Tyler Hansbrough (21) and Ty Lawson (19)
- 4: Matt Wenstrom (36)
- 5: Jerry Stackhouse (32)
- 8: Frank McGuire (1916 - 1994) and Dante Calabria (33)
- 11: Willie Parker (26)
- 17: Rashanda McCants (20)
- 20: Jimmy Black (46)
- 21: C.B. McGrath [asst. coach] (31) and Terrence Newby (29)
- 25: Dewey Burke (23)
- 27: Brendan Haywood (27)
- 29: Wayne Ellington (19)