Saturday, August 03, 2013

Phillippines

 
To me this young man always has a distant look in his eyes. He has been accused of being immature and lacking discipline. But now more than ever, I think I know where that blank stare comes from. Adonis Thomas doesn't have a clue. Though he is not that good. All he knows is basketball. After a less than mediocre college career and a poor showing in NBA Summer league. Plus the fact he wasn't drafted in two rounds of the 2013 NBA draft. He still expects to make somebody's team. But they don't have a spot on the roster for wishful thinking.

The first indication of him not thinking was his choice of Summer league teams. Why would he go somewhere like Atlanta? They are a destination team. Who is this kids' agent? Why didn't he steer AT to Utah or Minnesota or some place like that? He might have a better chance with less competition. After Adonis Thomas didn't turn out to be a one and done. Everybody kind of threw in the towel on him. Remaining at the university and not having his game really progress. Doesn't look good for Josh Pastners' coaching skills and he isn't making a real impact. The university would rather have the scholarship.

 This won't be the first time I thought a player wasn't ready for the next level, but I was wrong. I didn't think Will Barton was ready. But he is on his second year in the league. In hindsight Will knew what he was doing.Not just because he  was drafted. He can always go back to school. He  wouldn't have improved his standing if he had stayed .around. .He just would just have missed a year of pay. That's almost a million dollars. His agent spoke about a partially guaranteed contract. Unless even more money is offered by another team. If he doesn't make it in the NBA. He can go overseas. They  even have a team in the Philippines.

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Blogger Common said...

Former Tigers forward Ferrakohn Hall, who graduated from the U of M in May, has signed a one-year deal to play professionally for Vaerlose of the Danish Basketball League.

Hall, a White Station High product who started 26 games over two seasons with the Tigers after transferring to Memphis from Seton Hall, said Saturday he appreciates the chance to play professionally. He leaves Monday for Denmark.

“I’m overly excited about the opportunity,” Hall said. “I hate I have to leave my (13-month-old) daughter and family here without me, but this has been a lifelong dream of mine as well as my family’s and is now my profession. I have a destiny to fulfill and mouths to feed.

“My love for my family and daughter is synonymous with my love for the game. That’s why I can’t wait to get there with my new teammates and prepare to take Vaerlose to a league championship.”

Hall’s former teammate, D.J. Stephens, announced last week he’s going to play professionally this season in Greece. Pastner said Saturday that another former Tiger, forward Stan Simpson, is planning to play this year in Italy. Pastner added that former Tiger Adonis Thomas has accepted an invitation to participate in the Atlanta Hawks’ training camp in October.

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