By: Joshua Gerard Gargiulo
PHOENIX - Phoenix College basketball players abroad see their seasons come to an end as Swiss and Portuguese league tournaments narrow down.
Former guard Derreck Brooks (played 2013-14) could not aid sixth-seeded Terceira in their final game of the season over third-seeded FC Porto in the 1-6 group. Despite a valiant 35-point effort in forty minutes, the 6’6 starter could not prevent his team from suffering their 10th-straight loss.
During his year with Terceira, he led the team in scoring with 22.2 PPG and was second in rebounds/per game with 6.9/game.
Two-year forward Steven Green, currently playing for the Lugano Tigers in Switzerland, also could not find the ‘W’ for his team. After winning their first four tournament games in the 7-11 group play, the Tigers were badly ousted by second-ranked Geneve in back-to-back games, dropping the first 92-86 and the second 99-81.
He led the team in scoring with 23 points and six rebounds during their match-up. On the season, he is averaging 19.4 PPG. Green has added much-needed size to a small Swiss-team that lacked bench presence.
After playing in the French League last season, former Phoenix College Bear and Loyola Marymount Lion Brandon Brown could not secure the victory for Neuchatel in their last game against Vevey. A game where Brown was the second-highest scorer (17) and assist-leader (7). Neuchatel simply could not knock the lid off the rim.
The former All-American posted adequate stats following a stand-out season in France with 17.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 4.1 APG. Unfortunately, the 5’11 point guard only saw action in fifteen games; but always made the most of his opportunities.
Of the over 300 former Phoenix College basketball players, there are currently thirty athletes playing overseas and ten currently in-season with their respective teams. To read a comprehensive list of Former Phoenix College athletes overseas, click on the link below: