Bows in the Pros 2017

Stefan Jankovic, center, is continuing his pro career in his homeland of Serbia. Here he posed with teammates Roderick Bobbitt and Aaron Valdes and coach Eran Ganot after winning the Big West championship in 2016.

A smattering of recent movement among prominent former Rainbow Warriors can mean only one thing.

It’s time for Bows in the Pros, 2017 edition.

Among the recent headlines: Stefan Jankovic found a team in his homeland of Serbia, Noah Allen will debut as a pro in Spain, and Isaac Fotu is on the move from Spain to Germany.

Jankovic, the 2016 Big West player of the year, made his announcement last week. He gets a chance to play for a team in the elite Euroleague, and one that is coming off a domestic championship in Serbia.

Jankovic messaged the Star-Advertiser: “Honestly I feel blessed, it’s a great opportunity to play in the best league outside of the NBA (Euroleague) and as well as the ABA liga the Balkan league, but at the same time leaving Serbia 20 years ago it was always a dream to play basketball for or in Serbia so it’s basically a dream come true.”

Fotu has done well for himself in three seasons with Zaragoza of Spain. He goes from one of Europe’s best basketball countries to another.

Garrett Nevels, meanwhile, continues a sharp rise from his pro debut in Spain two years ago. He went from a lower Spanish league his first year, to Spain’s second tier this past year, to Italy’s top flight with Grissin Bon Reggio the upcoming season.

Another guy who’s getting accustomed to Europe, Brandon Spearman, had another productive season with Trier in Germany and is deciding his future.

“I’ll be picking a team soon. Really soon,” Spearman said.

For now, an NBA roster spot for an ex-Bow remains elusive.

A few more notes:

>> Roderick Flemings re-introduced himself to the pro scene with a monster season in Finland, posting better than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.

>> A couple of former UH teammates, Matt Lojeski and Dominic Waters, were reunited on Olympiacos in Greece last season.

>> Carl English, at 36, is the resident old man of the overseas UH pros. He’s still relevant, having played in Germany’s top league in 2016-17.

>> Bill Amis was a two-way contributor in the first of three seasons for Belgium’s Okapi Aalstar and was tabbed his league’s defensive player of the year.

>> The Hawaii Swish ABA team, led by Geremy Robinson, emerged as an option for some of the former ‘Bows who remained in Hawaii. They played a handful of games this spring and are holding an open tryout for next season on Aug. 13, 3 p.m. at Farrington High.

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Here’s a (close to) complete list of the pro ‘Bows — any who played in 2016-17 and, for those that are known, their team for 2017-18. For your convenience, they’ve been ordered by UH season.

Most stats are sourced from Eurobasket.com and its partners.

UH class, player, age Country, League, Team 2016-17 Stats Country, League, Team 2017-18
2016-17
Noah Allen, 22 Spain, LEB Gold, ICL Manresa
2015-16
Stefan Jankovic, 24 USA, D-League, Erie Bayhawks 13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg Serbia, Euroleague/ABA/KLS, Crvena Zvezda
Quincy Smith Luxembourg, N2, Telstar Hesperange
Aaron Valdes, 24 New Zealand, NBL, Wellington Saints
Roderick Bobbitt, 23-24 Croatia, A1, GKK Sibenik
2014-15
Garrett Nevels, 24 Spain, LEB Gold, Forca Lleida 16.4 ppg, 3.4 apg Italy, EuroCup/Serie A, Grissin Bon RE
Negus Webster-Chan, 24 USA/Can, D-League, Raptors 905 3.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg —
Brandon Jawato Indonesia, IBL, Pelita Jaya
2013-14
Isaac Fotu, 23 Spain, Liga Endesa, Zaragoza 9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg Germany, EuroCup/BBL, Ratiopharm
Christian Standhardinger, 28 Germany, Pro A, SC Rasta Vechta 8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg
Brandon Spearman, 26 Germany, Pro A, Trier Gladiators 15.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Davis Rozitis, 27 Latvia, LBL/Baltic, Barons Riga 10.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg
Michael Harper Australia, St. League, Waverley Falcons 8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg
2012-13
Vander Joaquim, 27 Angola, African Cup, Libolo (2016) 13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg Argentina, Liga A, Obras Basket
Garrett Jefferson, 26 Germany, 2-Regionalliga, Cottbus
2011-12
Pii Minns USA, ABA, Hawaii Swish
Miah Ostrowski USA, ABA, Hawaii Swish
2010-11
Bill Amis, 29 Belgium, Euromil. League, Okapi Aalstar 9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg Belgium, Euromil. League, Okapi
Bo Barnes, 26 Spain, EBA, Agricola Villarobledo 15.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Jordan Coleman, 24 Italy, Serie B, Omnia Basket
Doug Kurtz, 30 Brazil, NBB, Vitoria 7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg Brazil, NBB, Vitoria
2009-10
Roderick Flemings, 30 Finland, 1st Division, FoKoPo 21.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg
Brandon Adams 29-30 USA, NABL, SB Battle
Adhar Mayen, 28 Australia, St. League, C.D. Lions 3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
2008-09
None
2007-08
Jared Dillinger, 33 Philippines, PBA, Meralco Bolts (in season) 15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg N/A
Matt Gibson, 32 France, NM1, Vendee Challans Basket 9.0 ppg, 3.7 apg Germany, Pro A, Nuernburg Falcons
2006-07
Matt Lojeski, 32 Greece, A1/Euroleague, Olympiacos 12.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Dominic Waters, 30 Greece, A1/Euroleague, Olympiacos 4.5 ppg, 2.4 apg
2005-06
Julian Sensley, 34 USA, ABA, Hawaii Swish
2004-05
Vaidotas Peciukas, 35 Lithuania, RKL, Gargzdu
2003-04
Jason Carter, 35-36 USA, ABA, Hawaii Swish
2002-03
Carl English, 36 Germany, BBL/EuroCup, ALBA Berlin 9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg
1999-00
Geremy Robinson USA, ABA, Hawaii Swish

COMMENTS

  1. kalua pig August 4, 2017 7:01 pm

    mahalo.that is a lot of good info.


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