by Nick Gibson / @euro_adventures
TWO YOU MIGHT REMEMBER
Terence Morris, Maryland: A tweener forward who averaged around 15 and 8 in his final three years for the Terps, Morris was drafted by the Hawks in ’01 (one pick before Brian Scalabrine who, let’s be real, should have been in Europe years ago) and shipped to the Rockets where he played two seasons before heading to the NBDL. A quick stop in Greece then back to the Magic to play in 22 games in 2005. After a year for Jerusalem he signed with Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv where he earned All-Euroleague First Team honors. One year with CSKA Moscow and now here he is in Barcelona playing in another Final Four against his old mates. The funny thing with Terence is that what plagued him in college and the pros—a weak field goal percentage—has been his greatest ally in Europe. Get this: in 19 Euroleague games this season, Morris has holed 31-38 shots from inside the arc. That’s 82%. That’s Artis Gilmore against highchoolers, if Artis could also knock down 44% of his threes.
Pete Mickael, Cincinnati: Pete Mickael’s basketball passport doesn’t have much space left for stamps. A JuCo player of the year for Indian Hills Community College in 1998 after leading them to consecutive league championships, he played two seasons for Bob Huggins at Cincy and played well, averaging 14.9 and 13.5 points respectively. Undrafted, signed by the Knicks then let go, a season for the ABA’s Tampa Bay Thunder Dawgs (if anyone knows where to buy a T-shirt…holler), an MVP season with the ABA’s Kansas City Knights, some games for Peristeri Athens in 2003, Dynamo Moscow in ‘04, Makedonikos Kozani of the Greek League in ‘05, Spain’s Breogan Lugo in ‘06 before Korea’s Daegu Orions in ‘07, Tau Ceramica (now Caja Laboral) in ’08 and ’09 and here he is sidekicking Juan Carlos Navarro in Barcelona. That, ladies and gents, is your quintessential international basketball career.
ONE YOU SHOULD KNOW
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