PHOENIX - Community College is often the first stop in a long journey for Phoenix College athletes, here are some updates on current Basketball players overseas.
With over thirty former players having played in college, or overseas, in the last five years. There are three former Bears players who are heading into the play-offs with their respective teams.
5’11 Point Guard, Brandon Brown (played from 2013-15) has led Union Nauchatel to an impressive 14-6 record, heading into their March 23rd matchup against Fribourg. Union is the 3rd-seed in the tournament, which implements a round-robin system known as the “Intermediate phase.” Although all six teams will advance, seeding could be altered during the period.
In Brown’s second-year of professional basketball he is averaging 18.4 PPG and 3.1 APG, while shooting just above 45% from-the-field. After leading the SBL in scoring last season, Brown is ranked sixth amongst active scorers.
Union Neuchatel is in search of their first SBL Championship, after advancing to the semifinals in the previous season. A season that was led by a slew of different players.
Another PC Alum is also stationed in the SBL, leading the 7th-placed Lugano Tigers is 2015 graduate Steven Green. He is averaging 21.1 PPG, which is good enough for second on the team behind Xavier Pollard.
The Tigers will play each of the teams ranked 8-11 once, with the two teams ranked 7th and 8th advancing to the Switzerland Basketball League Playoffs.
2014 Phoenix College Alum, Derreck Brooks, has found his place in Portugal. As he helped the Terceira Susiarte sneak into the LPB Second Stage with a 10-12 record. The fourth-leading scorer in the league is complementing his 22 PPG effort with 7.3 RPG and 2.2 APG in only his second year of professional competition.
Even with the aid of teammates Rozelle Nix (10.5 PPG) and Skyler White (14.8 PPG), Terceira is still looking at an up-hill battle when they take on 2nd-placed Benefica this upcoming Saturday. Benefica and leading-scorer Micah Downs, have shined an impressive 20-2 record this season, beating Terceira by 37 points back in December.
There are six other former Bears playing overseas: Most recent action has been seen by Julian Sargent of the Ginebra Kings in the Philippines, Quinton Johnson of the Zonkeys de Tijuana, and Shakir Preston of the Bangkok Tigers. Along with Noah King, Russ Davis and KJ Davis playing for their respective “city” teams in the Eurobasket S.League.