This season, with WVU’s well-documented struggles to find an identity early in the season, we can find some comfort in three successes of those Mountaineers playing professionally. Thanks to Jim Weber over at LostLettermen.com, we have added a few more WVUPros to follow.
First, Truck Bryant announced today via Twitter that he has signed to play overseas in Belarus.
Woke up this morning most important alive but also was able to sign a contract to play overseas #blessed
— Truck Bryant (@Truckbryant25) December 18, 2012
The Lakers announced today that Pau Gasol will return from injury and start. This means Devin Ebanks, who started the last two games, will return to the bench. Over the last three games for the Lakers, Ebanks has averaged 27 minutes per game to go along with 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Kevin Jones played four minutes for the Cleveland Cavs on Saturday, pulling down two rebounds.
D’or Fischer plays for BC Donetsk (Ukraine). He has previously played in Spain, Israel, Belgium and Germany. For BC this season, he averages 10.8 points (on 61% shooting), 5.6 points and nearly two blocked shots per game. In a win over Kryvbasbasket on December 14th, Fischer scored 14 points and five rebounds.
Tyrone Sally plays in Austria for the Furstenfeld Panthers. This season, Sally averages over 12 points and six rebounds per game. On Saturday, he had a team-high 21 points against Wels.
Alex Ruoff has been in a bit of a shooting slump in recent weeks, but he broke out of it on Saturday when he hit back-to-back three-pointers to help seal the win for the Canton Charge against the Iowa Energy. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals in the game.
Following the game, Charge head coach Alex Jensen commented on Ruoff’s shooting struggles:
“You know it’s funny because I tell them as the days go by, ‘I’m never going to say anything to you for shooting an open shot. He (Alex) missed three before he made those two (in the fourth quarter), and every one of them was a good look. If he had gone 1-for-8 instead of 3-for-8, most of the time you don’t lose games because you miss shots. It helps, but defense will keep you in it.”
You can watch the highlights from that game here. Alex Ruoff takes center stage at the 1:00 minute mark.
Casey Mitchell strained a muscle in his left knee on Dec. 9th during practice. He did not play last week. He still leads the New Yorker Phantoms (Germany) in scoring at 13.1 ppg.
John Flowers did not play in Denain Voltaire’s only game this past weekend. He leads the team in scoring at 20.7 ppg.