Oct. 04. 2016
MU Continues Success In Professional Ranks
Maurice Acker has played five professional seasons, most recently starting for the Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France). In 33 games, Acker averaged 14.2 points per game and chipped in 4.2 assists per outing. Acker also connected on 47.1% of his three-point attempts, and shot 84.2% from the free-throw line. He helped his team win the French ProB Championship. Acker also played on the Golden Eagles Alumni team in The Basketball Tournament, leading the squad to the elite eight. He has yet to sign with a team in 2016-17.
Juan Anderson enters his second season of professional ball after graduating from Marquette in 2015. Anderson is currently signed by Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico) after playing one season for Soles de Mexicali. With them, Anderson appeared in 54 games, averaging 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing. Anderson was named to the Mexican LNBP All-Star game in 2016, and helped his team secure the regular season championship.
Ousmane Barro enters his ninth professional season, and has joined the U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala) for the upcoming season. Previously, Barro spent two seasons with BC Mures Targu-Mures (Romania) and averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 boards in 44 games last season. Barro shot 60.8% from the field and was named the league’s Center of the Year for the second consecutive season. Barro was also named to the All-Romanian League First-Team for the second straight year.
Lawrence Blackledge has spent seven years in international basketball, and has signed to play with CD Universidad de Concepcio (Chile) for the 2016-17 campaign. Prior to signing in Chile, Blackledge spent six of his first seven years in Japan, most recently suiting up for the Osaka Evessa, where he appeared in 55 games averaging 14.1 points per game, while also grabbing 7.3 boards per contest. In 2016, Blackledge was named as an All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention.
Vander Blue begins his fourth season of international ball, and will play the 2016-17 season with the Guangxi Rhinos (China). In his first game with the Rhinos, Blue scored 30 points on 50.0% shooting. Last season, he played 57 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League), netting 26.3 points per game while also adding 5.3 rebounds per night.
Dwight Burke enters his eighth professional season after graduating from Marquette in 2009. Burke is signed to play the 2016-17 season with Quimper UJAP (France). Last season, Burke played for CD Faustino Samiento de Formosa (Argentina) where he played in 14 games, averaging 11.7 points and 8.1 boards per outing. In January, Burke moved to play for Quimper UJAP where he played 19 games and averaged 15.8 points along with 6.7 rebounds.
Dwight Buycks will play his sixth professional season and second consecutive campaign for the Fujian Quanzhou Bank (China). Last year as a starter with Fujian, Buycks tallied 25.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. The former MU guard shot 39.4% from beyond the arc and 82.5% from the free throw line. Buycks began playing in February for the Oklahoma City Blue (NBA D-League) where he netted 19.3 points per game while adding 4.3 boards and 4.8 helpers each night.
Junior Cadougan concluded his third professional season with Aries Trikalla BC (Greece), where he played in 23 games and averaged 7.4 points per contest. The former MU guard also pitched in 2.7 assists for his squad. Cadougan played five games for Team Canada in the Panamerican Games in Toronto, averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 assists.
Matt Carlino is coming off of his first season of international basketball after playing 10 games for Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France) and 28 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League). In France, Carlino averaged 12.4 points per outing and shot 36.4% from beyond the arc. For the Vipers, the former Marquette guard tallied 3.7 points per game. Carlino also helped lead his D-league squad to a southwest division championship.
Joe Chapman just completed his tenth professional season, spending time in Mexico and the United Kingdom during the 2015-16 campaign. In Mexico, Chapman played for Caballeros de Culican where he appeared in two games, scoring 14.0 points per night. In the United Kingdom, Chapman played 35 games for Newcastle Eagles Esh Group. With them, Chapman notched 12.8 points per game while shooting 55.7% from the field. In the UK, Chapman’s squad finished as the British BBL regular season runner-up, and finalist for the British BBL trophy. He has yet to sign a contract in 2016-17.
Entering his fourth season in professional basketball, Lockett will play his first season for Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Spain). Last year, Lockett was a member of Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy), starting in 32 games while dropping 11.4 points per game. He helped lead his team to the Italian Cup semifinals and the Eurocup semifinals in 2016.
David Cubillan has played six professional seasons after graduating from Marquette in 2010. Cubillan has spent his last two years playing for Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB). During the 2015-16 season, Cubillan saw time in 35 games, mostly as a starter, averaging 18.4 points and 6.0 assists per contest. Cubillan shot 43.9% from the three-point line and 85.3% from the free-throw line. Cubillan played for Venezuela in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, playing in five games and scoring 5.8 points per game. In 2016, Cubillan was named All-Venezuelan LPB guard of the year and was named to the All-Venezuelan LPB first team.
Davante Gardner is entering his third professional season, and second consecutive campaign in Japan. He is signed to play with the Niigata Albirex for the 2016-17 season after playing for the Nishinomiya Storks in 2015-16. In 54 contests with the Storks, Gardner netted 27.7 points and grabbed 10.7 rebounds per game. Gardner was named to the Japanese NBL All-Star game in 2016, where he won game MVP honors. Gardner was also named an All-Japanese NBL honorable mention in 2016.
Lazar Hayward just completed his fifth season of professional basketball, most recently spending time on the Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League). In 16 games with the D-Fenders, Hayward averaged 13.9 minutes per game, scoring 5.6 points and grabbing 3.1 rebounds per game. The former Marquette forward shot 50.0% from the field, and 85.7% from the free-throw line.
Entering his seventh professional season, Dominic James with play the 2016-17 season for Al Jaish Damascus (Syria), marking James’ first season in Syria after spending two years in Qatar with Al Rayyan Doha. Last season in Qatar, James’ served as an offensive scorer and facilitator, notching 22.8 points and 6.3 assists per outing. James, a former standout-guard for the Golden Eagles, helped lead his team to the Qatar Cup in 2016, and was named the All-Qatar D1 Player of the Year.
DJO will open his fifth professional season in Italy, suiting up for Banco di Sardegna Sassari for the 2016-17 season. Johnson-Odom spent 2015-16 with two teams, beginning in Turkey and closing the season in Greece. In Turkey, Johnson-Odom played ten games as part of the Eurocup, scoring 7.6 points per night. With Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey), DJO shot 55.7% from the field and 41.2% from the three-point line en route to 14.6 points per game. In Greece, Johnson-Odom played 14 games for Olympiacos S.FP. Pireus, where he tallied 7.1 points per night.
Jerel McNeal is entering his eighth season after graduating from Marquette in 2009. McNeal played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2015-16. Last year in Greece, McNeal started in 36 games while totaling 14.1 points per game. McNeal also played in the Eurocup, averaging 14.4 points and 4.3 boards per contest. McNeal was named the All-Greek A1 League Import Player of the Year in 2016, and helped lead his squad to the Greek League semifinals. He has yet to sign a contract in 2016-17.
Chris Otule will play in France for the first time in his career in 2016-17 after playing in Turkey and Germany the previous two seasons. Last season, Otule played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in Germany, seeing action in 30 games and pitching in 11.2 points per game. The former Marquette center also grabbed 4.8 rebounds per outing while shooting 60.9% from the floor.
Entering his third professional season, Jamil Wilson will begin the 2016-17 season with Auxilium Torino (Italy). Last season, Wilson played in 48 games for the Texas Legends (D-League) where he shot 53.1% from the floor and 39.1% from distance en route to 15.3 points per night.
After not playing professionally in 2015-16, Derrick Wilson will play for Pol.Battipagliese (Italy).
Dwyane Wade is entering his 14th professional season in the NBA, and first with the Chicago Bulls in 2016-17. Wade will join fellow-MU alum Jimmy Butler in Chicago. Wade spent his first 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, where he won three NBA titles. In 2015-16, Wade dropped 19.4 points while pitching in 4.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Jimmy Butler begins his sixth professional season in 2016-17, all as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Last year, Butler tallied 20.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The former MU stand-out played in his first-ever Olympic Games in 2016, scoring 7.2 points per contest, while helping the USA team to a gold medal.
Wes Matthews will start his eighth season in the NBA, and second with the Dallas Mavericks. Last season in Dallas, Matthews shot 35.5% from long-distance while tallying 12.6 points per game.
Steve Novak is entering his 11th season in the NBA, and first full season with his hometown Milwaukee Bucks. Novak appeared in just three games for the Bucks in 2015-16 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In his 11 year career Novak is averaging 4.7 points per game, while shooting 43.1% from the three-point line.
Jae Crowder is entering his fifth professional campaign, and third with the Boston Celtics. Last season with Boston, Crowder saw time in 73 games, averaging 31.6 minutes per night and scoring 14.2 points while grabbing 5.1 boards.
Henry Ellenson will make his NBA debut in 2016-17 after being taken by the Detroit Pistons with the 18th overall pick. Ellenson started all five Summer League games for the Pistons, averaging 29.4 minutes and 12.4 points per contest.
Doc Rivers is now in his fourth season as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after spending time in Boston and Orlando. In Boston, he coached the Celtics to 66 wins and a NBA Championship in 2007-08. With the Clippers, Rivers’ team has won 50 games and qualified for the playoffs in every year. The former MU star owns a career .577 winning percentage as a head coach.
After spending time as a head coach for the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, Jim Boylan currently serves as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boylan’s Cavaliers have reached the NBA Finals in two straight seasons, most recently winning the NBA Championship during the 2015-16 season.