TBT in the Pros: International

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


 

As we roll into December, basketball season is in full swing all across the globe. With members of the TBT family playing in professional leagues all over the world, let’s take a look at where some of TBT’s best are lacing them up this season.

 

Malcolm Miller – Armored Athlete

 

Having graduated from Holy Cross in 2015, Malcolm Miller is one of the youngest pros from the TBT2017 field. In his four years at Holy Cross, Miller averaged 1,013 points, 532 rebounds, 164 assists, 143 blocked shots and 93 steals ranking third all-time in career blocked shots and sixth in career games started (93).

Miller spent time with the Celtics Summer League team in 2015 before being signed by the Celtics’ NBA G-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws. In July 2016, Miller signed with Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga and EuroCup. He currently plays in the Toronto Raptors organization, where he was the team’s first two-way contract player. Miller has appeared in six games for the 905 Raptors of the G-League, averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game.

 

Aaron Craft – Scarlet and Gray

 

Any college basketball fan surely remembers Aaron Craft from his amazing college career at Ohio State (2010-2014). Craft was one of the all-time players in Buckeye history, capturing the attention of the college basketball world with his heady, hardworking style of play on the court. Craft’s list of college accolades includes being a four-time Big 10 All-Defensive team selection, two-time Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Big 10 honors and the 2013 Big 10 tournament MVP.

Craft found success with the Warriors G-League affiliate in 2015, being named G-League Defensive Player of the Year as his Santa Cruz Warriors won the G-League championship. He averaged 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists to help Scarlet and Gray reach the semifinals in their first TBT appearance this summer and has played professionally in the Italy and Hungary. Craft currently plays with AS Monaco in the LNB Pro A and Champions League.

 

Brandon Rozzell – Ram Nation

 

Rozzell was a big part of Ram Nation’s run to the quarterfinals in TBT2017, averaging a team-high 16.5 points to go with 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four games. Like most of Ram Nation, Rozzell played his college ball at VCU from 2007-2011, averaging 7.7 points in his career. He was a senior leader on the 2010-2011 VCU team that went 28-12 and made it all the way to the Final Four.

Since graduating, Rozzell has spent time playing professionally in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, where he currently plays for BC Lulea of the Basketligan.

 

Errick McCollum – Overseas Elite

 

McCollum is one of the faces of TBT, an easy thing to be when you’re the heart and soul of the three-time defending TBT champions. He played collegiately at Goshen College from 2006-2010, where he was a four-time Division II All-American and the school’s all-time leading scorer. His 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in TBT2017 helped Overseas Elite improve to 19-0 in TBT play and take home their third straight TBT title.

Errick has professional experience all over the world. He has spent time playing professionally in Israel, Greece, China, Turkey and with the Denver Nuggets Sumer League team. McCollum was the EuroCup MVP in 2016 when his team won the EuroCup championship. He’s also a two-time scoring leader in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), is a CBA All-Star and has also led the Greek League in scoring. He currently plays with Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü, a professional team in Turkey that is based out of Istanbul.

 

Marcus Hall – Team Colorado

 

Hall is one of the best to have ever played at the University of Colorado. As a senior in 2006-07, Hall averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 37.6 minutes per game. He became the 26th Colorado player to score 1,000 career points and finished fourth all-time in assists (423). Hall also finished tied for third in career games played (120) and graduated with a double major in sociology and ethnic studies.

He led Team Colorado to the Super 16 on TBT2017, averaging 28.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games. Hall’s professional experience includes time in the NBA Summer League, Cyprus, Turkey, the NBA D-League and Bulgaria, where he’s won the Bulgarian Cup, was an All-Star and earned league MVP honors. He currently plays with Byblos Club in Lebanon.

 

Jared Sullinger – Scarlet and Gray

 

In his first year of TBT action, Sullinger shined for Scarlet and Gray, averaging 16.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists to earn himself a spot on the All-TBT Team. That came as a shock to no one, considering Sullinger is one of the most decorated players in TBT history. In his two seasons at Ohio State (2010-2012), was Big 10 Freshman of the Year, National Freshman of the Year, twice named 1st Team All-Big 10 and earned a pair of consensus first-team All-American honors.

Sullinger was the 21st overall pick by the Celtics in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He played in Boston for four seasons, totaling 258 games, before moving to the Toronto Raptors for 11 games. He’s currently playing with the Shenzhen Leopards of the CBA, where he is putting up some monster numbers. On November 3, Sullinger dropped 55 points (22-39 FG) and 18 rebounds in a 120-111 loss to Xinjiang Guanghui. His 32.5 points per game ranks sixth best in the CBA and he leads the league with 16.1 rebounds per game. He’s in the second month of a two-month deal with the Leopards, so don’t be surprised to see Sully join an NBA contender in 2018.

 

Jimmer Fredette – Team Fredette

 

Jimmer-Mania found its way to TBT this summer, as the former BYU superstar coached Team Fredette in their first ever TBT appearance. His team fell 100-97 to Team Utah in the first round of the West regional, but Fredette’s presence alone created substantial headlines and fans couldn’t help but wonder if Jimmer would put down his clipboard and check himself into the game.

Fredette made himself a household name while he played at BYU from 2007-2011, where he was named National Player of the Year, led Division I in scoring and was a consensus All-American. His amazing college career led him to be drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was traded from the Bucks, but played in 235 NBA games with the Kings, Bulls, Pelicans and Knicks spanning from 2011-2016.

The last two seasons, Fredette has been dominating the CBA. He was an All-Star and named International MVP in 2016 and currently leads the league in scoring with an insane 40.5 points per game. There have been nine games of 50 or more points in the CBA this season, and Fredette is responsible for four of those performances with games of 50, 54, 54 and 56 points – all of which came in a three week stretch from November 8 to November 30.

 

Kyle Fogg – Overseas Elite

 

Back-to-back TBT MVPs to go with three straight TBT championships have made Kyle Fogg one of the all-time TBT greats. He played four seasons at Arizona from 2008-2012, where he was a first-team All-PAC 12 selection as a senior and made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Fogg has had strong success in a number of professional leagues since graduating from Arizona. He won a D-League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2013, was the Finnish League’s leading scorer and MVP in 2014, led the German League in scoring in 2016 and was a EuroCup champion and All-EuroCup Second Team selection in 2017.

Fogg currently plays with the Guangzhou Long-Lions in China, where he has joined Fredette and Sullinger as some of the CBA’s best players. He’s currently fifth in the CBA in scoring (33.0 ppg) and dropped 58 and 55 points in back-to-back games in mid-November.

 

Casper Ware – Team Challenge ALS

 

Ware’s amazing college career at Long Beach State (2008-2012) made him one of the most dynamic players in Big West conference history. He was a three-time first team All-Big West selection, two-time All-American and won back-to-back Big West Player of the Year awards – the second of which came during his senior season where he averaged 17.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

His play in TBT2017 was a big reason why Team Challenge ALS made a run all the way to the TBT championship game as a #6 seed. Ware was named to the All-TBT team with averages of 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

He continued to rack up the accolades after his time at Long Beach State, starting with being named Serie A2 Basket MVP in 2013 while playing in Italy. In 2015, Ware won the German Cup with EWE Baskets Oldenburg and followed that up with an LNB Pro A championship in 2016, where he was named Finals MVP. He currently plays for Melbourne United in the National Basketball League, where he was an All-NBL First Team selection a season ago. 

 

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