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Basketball: Former Bears overseas

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 1:20 pm in Alumni, Basketball.

I spent some time digging around to see what I could find out about ex-Cal players competing overseas.

Here’s what I found — including a couple surprises.

Other ex-Bears may be playing in Europe or elsewhere also — this is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list. If you know the whereabouts of others, please chime in.

– Jerome Randle: The reigning Pac-10 player of the year is playing in the Turkish Basketball League for Aliaga Petkim, averaging 18.3 points and 4.1 assists and shooting 91 percent from the foul line. He ranks sixth in the league in scoring. Almost exactly his senior season numbers.

– Patrick Christopher: Randle’s old teammate is now a Turkish league rival, averaging 17.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for Antalya. He recently scored 22 points in a loss. His teammates include one-time Arizona recruit J.P. Prince.

– Jelani Gardner: Believe it not, he’s still playing. Recently turned 35, Gardner is averaging 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Milton Keynes Lions of the British league. Gardner is best remembered by Cal fans, of course, for having a father who sold his services to ex-Cal coach Todd Bozeman.

– Eric Vierneisel: If I was surprised that Gardner still is making a living playing ball, imagine my shock that Vierneisel is on anyone’s payroll. Nice guy, not much of a player for the Bears. He’s averaging 4.4 points as a reserve for Dusseldorf in the respected German Bundesliga. Good for him.

I’m told that Jamal Boykin also is playing in Turkey, although I could not find his name on any roster. Theo Robertson underwent more surgery on his hip and is rehabbing.

Diamon Simpson, formerly of Hayward HS and Saint Mary’s, is playing in the Turkish league, as are former UCLA players Michael Roll and Josh Shipp.

Plenty of other familiar names: Former Stanford star Casey Jacobsen is averaging 12 points for Bamberg, the first-place team in the Bundesliga. San Pablo native and ex-Santa Clara star John Bryant is averaging 15 points and 10.8 rebounds for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany.

Nic Wise (Arizona), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Aron Baynes (WSU) and Toby Bailey (UCLA) also are playing in Germany.

Kennedy Winston, who once signed with Cal then de-committed, is averaging 17.3 points for Bologna in Italy. Former USC point guard Daniel Hackett also is playing in the Italian league.

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  • Gooch

    Lamond Murray is playing in the Bahrain Basketball Association for for Al-Muharraq Sports Club. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamond_Murray

  • RWCBear

    Rod Benson is playing in South Korea, and was recently named an all-star

  • JT

    Rod Benson is playing for Dongbu Promy in the Korean Basketball League: http://www.asia-basket.com/South-Korea/basketball.asp?NewsID=213630

  • rollonubears

    i wonder how often folks show up in the crowd wearing cal jerseys. that’d make me pretty happy if i was a wandering bear.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Jason Kidd is gonna be a first ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Where does he rank in NBA history as a PG? top 10? top 5? I hope he can get a ring this year, despite Cuban.

  • David
  • ondal

    Boykin’s team is in the minor league, not sure if they got relegated or not.

  • uh oh

    There are lots of very good players named in your list, JF. That’s why I laugh when people like GF think they are going to the NBA. All those names never made it and nearly every one of them had more promise as a freshman. It’s almost comical to watch bloggers say this and that about high school kids, prospects. So few make it each year.

  • joey

    Uh Oh, You nailed it on GF…right on coach!

  • gobears91

    Nice update, JF. Thanks!