Eagles in the Pros (as of October, 2012)
Below is a list of former Eagles in professional basketball, including 15 currently active:
***Indicates is currently on current roster of team listed first in listings.
Name (Years Lettered at EWU) – Post-College Career (Country-League)
***Cliff Colimon (2011-12) – Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1).
***Laron Griffin (2010-11-12) – Hanau White Wings (Germany-ProB).
***Matt Brunell (2008-09-10) – FSU
Selfoss (Iceland-D1); Icevic (Honduras).
• Averaged 20.5 points per game for Icevic in his first season as a professional.
Benny Valentine (2009-10) – Lapuan
Korikobrat (Finland-1st Division)
• Averaged 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 steals per game (33 games) in 2010-11 for Lapuan Korikobrat in Finland.
***Gary Gibson (2008-09-10) – Hannover Korbjaeger (Germany-2.Regionalliga); San Diego Sol (USA-ABA).
***Mark Dunn (2009-10) -- Indiana Diesels (USA-PBL).
Jeff Christensen (2009) – Team Geneva (Eurobasket S.League); HOP BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div.); Varden (Norway-1Div); Ventura County Jets (USA-WCBL)
***Adris DeLeon (2008-09) – Wollongong
Hawks (Australia-NBL); Metros De Santiago (Dominican Republic-LNB);
Gold Coast Blaze (Australia-NBL); Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto
(Spain-LEB Gold); Indios De San Francisco (Dominican Republic-LNB);
CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Dominican Republic-SRT); Halifax
• Averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 2009-10 for Halifax Rainmen.
***Andy Genao (2009) – CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Dominican Republic-SRT); Fast Break (Columbia-Copa Federacion); CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Dominican Republic-SRT)
***Milan Stanojevic (2008-09) – KK
Meridiana Novi Sad (Serbia-B League); Near East (Greece-A2)
• Averaged 10.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game (28 games) in 2010-11 for Near East in Greece
Kellen Williams (2006-07-08) – RSV
Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-ProB); BC Energie Zwickau
• Averaged 12.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.5 blocked shots per game (20 games) in 2010-11 for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf in Germany
***Paul Butorac (2004-05-06-07) –
Yokohama B-Corsairs (Japan-BJ League); Takamatsu Five Arrows
(Japan-BJ League); Akita (Japan-BJ League); Niigata Albirex
(Japan-BJ League); Kaley Tallinn (Estonia-EMKL); Colorado 14ers
(USA-D-League); SO Maritime Boulogne (France-N1)
• Averaged 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 blocked shots per game (44 games) in 2010-11 for Akita in Japan. He was in Japan when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan’s main island of Honshu in mid-March 2011. He was traveling home from a game in Tokyo when the quake, which set off a series of strong aftershocks and a massive tsunami that killed more than 27,000, first hit.
• Averaged 15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game in 2009-10 for Niigata Albirex.
Derek Risper (2006-07) – Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-Pro B); LTI Lich (Germany-Pro A)
***Rodney Stuckey (2006-07) – Detroit
• He was impressive as a rookie in the 2007-08 season, earning second team NBA All-Rookie Team honors as selected by the league’s head coaches. He finished his first season with averages of 19.8 minutes, 7.8 points and 2.9 assists per game as the Pistons advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where it lost to eventual NBA champion Boston. His minutes increased in the playoffs as he averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 assists, while making 87.9 percent of his free throws, in 17 playoff games.
• In his second season in 2008-09, Stuckey started 65 of 79 games, averaging 31.9 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds.
• In the 2009-10 season, he was a starter in all but six of the 73 games he played and averaged 34.2 minutes, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.8 rebounds.
• In Stuckey’s fourth season as a pro in the 2010-11 season he started 54 of 70 games and averaged 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and a career-high 5.2 assists.
• In 2011-12 – his fifth season as a pro – Stuckey started 48 of 55 games and averaged 14.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a 3.8 assists.
***Omar Krayem (2007) – White Eagles Stockholm (Sweden-Basketligan); Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division); Boras Basket (Sweden-Basketligan); KSF Srbija Malmo (Sweden-Basketettan).
***Henry Bekkering (2005-06) – Magixx Kidsrights Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie); GasTerra (Holland-DBL); Magixx (Holland-DBL)
Deuce Smith (2005-06) – San Francisco Rumble (USA-ABA)
Marc Axton (2002-03-04-05) – Mallorca
(Spain-LEB Silver); Chalons-Reims (France; ProB); Ourense Grupo
Juanes (Spain-LEB Silver); CB;Penas Huesca (Spain-LEB Silver);
Pussihukat (Finland-Korisliiga); Joensuun Kataja
(Finland-Korisliiga); Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold)
• In his final professional season, averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game (42 games) in 2010-11 for Mallorca in Spain.
• Axton was also selected to the Jersey Shore Invitational all-star team in April 2005.
Jeremy McCulloch (2002-03-04-05)
–Thewphaingram Club (Thailand); CS Dinamo Bucuresti
(Romania-Div.A); Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division); BC Nokia
(Finland-1st Division); TV Langen (Germany-ProA); BC Energie
• Averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals per game (25 games) in 2010-11 for Forssan Koripojat in Finland.
• Averaged 15.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 2009-10 for BC Nokia in Finland.
Matt Nelson (2004-05) – WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Budesliga); Aguas de Valencia-Gandia Basquet (Spain)
***Alvin Snow (2001-02-03-04) – Royal
Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL); Kryvbasbasket-Lux
Kryvyi RIH (Ukraine-Superleague); Trabzonspor Basketbol
(Turkey-TBL); Helios Domzale (Slovenia-Liga UPC); New Jersey
(USA-USBL); Apoel (Cyprus-A1); Elitzur Ashkelon (Israel-Premier
League); Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga); Pinar Karsiyaka
(Turkey-TBL); Metros De Santiago (Dominican Rep.-LIDOBA); Skk
Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-DBE)
• Averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game (27 games) in 2010-11 for Trabzonspor in Turkey.
• Averaged 12.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 2008-09 for Helios Domzale.
• Snow also attended mini-camps with the Portland Trailblazers and Atlanta Hawks, and was drafted by the Idaho Stampede in the second round (15th pick overall) of the Continental Basketball Association draft. He then was selected to play in the National Basketball Developmental League.
Brendon Merritt (2003-04) – BBC Nyon (Switzerland-LNA); Stockholm (Sweden-Basketligan)
Josh Barnard (2004) – Tacoma Tide (USA-IBL)
***Chris Hester (2002-03) – Kouvot
Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga); Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga);
Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga); Team Componenta Karkkila
(Finland-Korisliiga); SG Braunschwieg (Germany-2.Bundesliga North);
Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-Korisliiga)
• Averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 2009-10 for Pyrinto Tampere.
T.J. Williams (2002-03) – Bellingham Slam (USA-ABA)
Aaron Olson (2000-01) – Auckland Stars
(New Zealand-NBL); New Zealand Breakers (Australia-ABA)
• In October 2006 he played in his 100th-straight game for the Breakers, scoring 40 points in one game during the 2004-05 season. Olson also represented New Zealand in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Chris White (1998-99-00-01) – Prato
(Italy-D13); Inchon ET (Korea-KBL); KCC Egis (Korea-KBL); Phoenix
• Played in the 2003 Korean KBL All-Star Game after averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Ryan Hansen (1999-00) -Tacoma Thunder (USA-IBL)
Deon Williams (1998-99-00) – Sporting
Feytroun (Lebanon-Div.A); Al Maseerah (Saudi Arabia-D1); Paisas
Caba San Lucas (Mexico-CIBACOPA); Al Hurriya (Syria-D1); Sporting
Feytroun (Lebanon-Div.A); Al Shabab (United Arab Emirates-D1)
• Averaged 6.5 assists in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons in Lebanon. In 2002 he averaged 37.5 points (high of 66), eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Mexico.
Will Levy (1999-00) – Oakland (USA-ABA); Adana Bilfen Koleji (Turkey-D2 Group B); Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USA-USBL); Paisas Caba San Lucas (Mexico-CIBACOPA); Oakland Slammers (USA-IBL)
Alex Carcamo (1999) – Ciudad De Bragado
(Argentina-TNA); Asociacion Italiana (Argentina-TNA); Obera
(Argentina-TNA); Sigal Pristina (Kosovo-SuperLeague); San Martin
Corrientes (Argentina-TNA); Reales De La Vega (Dom.
Republic-LIDOBA); Maccabi Petah Tikva (Israel-National League);
Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-National League); Anyang SBS Stars
(Korea-KBL); 76ers spring workouts; U.S. Summer Pro Leagues;
University of Belize; Hapoel Holon (Israel-National League);
Maccabi Ashdod (Israel-National League); Guaros De Lara
• Also played for the Belize National Team and the Harlem Globetrotters.
• Averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in four games for Belize in July 2010.
Shannon Taylor (1998-99) – Tijuana (Mexico-ABA); Fresno Heat Wave (USA-ABA); Buffalo City Thunder (USA-MBA); Yakima Sun Kings (USA-CBA)
Karim Scott (1997-98) – Kern County (USA-XBL)
***Luke Egan (1994-95-96-97) – Ringwood Hawks (Australia-ABA); Eltham (Australia-ABA); Werribee (Australia-ABA); Hume City (Australia-ABA Big V); Melbourne (Australia-ABA Big V); Werribee Western Devils (AUS-ABA Big V)
Ronn McMahon (1989-90) – Yakima Sun Kings (USA-CBA); Canadian National Team
Greg Trygstad (1990) – Bochum (Germany-Regionalliga)
“HOT ROD” NOW A FOUR-YEAR NBA VETERAN AFTER GETTING PICKED 15th in 2007 DRAFT
Making Eastern Washington University history every step of the way, Rodney Stuckey had his dream of playing professional basketball realized on June 28, 2007.
That day, the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association team selected Stuckey as the 15th pick overall in the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
He was impressive as a rookie, earning second team NBA All-Rookie Team honors as selected by the league’s head coaches. He finished his first season with averages of 19.8 minutes, 7.8 points and 2.9 assists per game as the Pistons advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where it lost to eventual NBA champion Boston. His minutes increased in the playoffs as he averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 assists, while making 87.9 percent of his free throws, in 17 playoff games.
He made his NBA debut in the 2007 Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev., helping the Pistons to a 4-1 record with averages of 30.6 minutes, 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. But he injured his hand during the preseason and missed the first 25 games of the regular season. He finally made his NBA debut on Dec. 21, 2007, and his first start in the NBA was on March 1, 2008, in a 103-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
In his second season in 2008-09, Stuckey started 65 of 79 games, averaging 31.9 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds. In his third season, he was a starter in all but six of the 73 games he played and averaged 34.2 minutes, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.8 rebounds. In the 2010-11 season – his fourth – he started 54 of 70 games and averaged 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and a career-high 5.2 assists. In 2011-12 – his fifth season as a pro – Stuckey started 48 of 55 games and averaged 14.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a 3.8 assists.
Stuckey is EWU’s highest draft pick ever and just the second in school history, and is also the second-highest selection in the now 45-year history of the Big Sky Conference. He was even picked higher than Spokane’s favorite son and NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer, John Stockton. Stuckey is believed to be the second-highest local player ever selected, surpassed only by former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison who was the third pick in 2006 by the Charlotte Bobcats. Stockton, also a Gonzaga standout, was selected 16th by the Utah Jazz when he was drafted in 1984.
Eastern’s only previous NBA draftee is Ron Cox, a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977. Although he never played a game in the NBA, Cox is EWU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,741 points as Stuckey finished fourth in school history with 1,438 points.
The only other first-round draft choice in the 44-year history of the Big Sky Conference was Michael Ray Richardson from Montana. He was the fourth pick overall by the New York Knickerbockers in 1978.
A 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., Stuckey was an All-American at Eastern – both athletically and academically – after averaging 24 points per game in each of his two seasons. He helped EWU win 30 games in two seasons and had a 3.34 grade point average.
Rodney Stuckey’s Eagle Basketball & NBA Highlights
• Former Eastern Washington University men’s basketball All-American and current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey had his EWU jersey retired in ceremonies that took place on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The 2008-09 season would have been Stuckey’s senior season at EWU had he played all four seasons.
• EWU’s highest draft pick ever and the second-highest in the history of the Big Sky Conference.
• All-American at Eastern – both athletically and academically – after averaging 24 points per game in his career. He helped EWU win 30 games.
• As a sophomore, he ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring with an average of 24.6 points per game. He was eighth as a freshman with a 24.2 average.
• As both a freshman and sophomore, he was given honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press.
• With a 3.34 cumulative grade point average, he was a third team selection on the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team and twice received All-District VIII honors.
• In just two seasons, he broke 10 school records and scored a total of 1,438 points. He had nine games with at least 30 points (out of 59 career games).
• He was a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award in the 2006-07 season.
• In his freshman season, Collegeinsider.com voted Stuckey its National Freshman of the Year.
• Big Sky Conference MVP and Freshman of the Year in 2005-06.