NCAA Alumni Playing Professional Basketball Overseas (Part One)

Chris LucasCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2009

Long before Josh Childress left for a bigger contract...

Prior to Brandon Jennings skipping college to get around the Draft Age Limit...

Overseas basketball was a place where many of our favorite four-year college basketball stars went to continue their dreams.

From Hungary to Italy, from Mexico to Israel, basketball leagues have sprouted up all over the world.

As an avid long-time college basketball fan, I get frustrated when I follow players for three and four years as they develop and after their last season, just because they aren't in the NBA...they are never to be heard from again.

Over the past few days, I have researched past college basketball standouts to find out where and if they are still playing basketball. 

The results will be broken down into two articles.  Here are the first findings.


Player                        College                     Professional Team / Country

Vin Baker                   Hartford                      Liaoning (China)

Sean Banks                Memphis                     Darussafaka (Turkey)

T.J. Bannister              UVA/Liberty                 Schalke (Germany)

Lonny Baxter              Maryland                     Panionios (Greece)

Will Blalock                 Iowa State                  Art. Dragons (Germany)

Nik Caner-Medley        Maryland                    Cajasol (Spain)

Omar Cooke               St. John's                    Unicaja (Spain)

Ed Cota                      UNC                           Atlas Stal (Poland)

JamesOn Curry           Ok. State                    Pau (France)

Ace Custis                  Virginia Tech               Panasonic (Japan)

Taquan Dean               Louisville                    CB Murcia (Spain)

Sean Dockery              Duke                         Edmonton C (Canada)

Tyus Edney                 UCLA                         Cajasol (Spain)

Khalid El-Amin             UConn                       Azovmash (Ukraine)

Andre Emmett             Texas Tech                 Pau (France)

Daniel Ewing                Duke                         Prokom (Poland)

Nick Fazekas               Nevada                      Asvel (France)

Gerald Fitch                Kentucky                   Kepez Bld (Turkey)

Marcus Fizer               Iowa State                  Maccabi T-A (Israel)

Joseph Forte               North Carolina              Snaidero (Italy)

Torin Francis               Notre Dame                 AEL (Greece)

Reece Gaines               Louisville                    Angelico BI (Italy)

Mike Gansey                West Virginia               Bremerhaven (Germany)

Justin Gray                  Wake Forest              Nymburk (Czech Republic)

Taurean Green             Florida                       CAI Zaragoza (Spain)

Keith Langford             Kansas                       La Fortezza (Italy)

Trajan Langdon            Duke                          CSKA (Russia)

Chris Lofton                Tennessee                  Mersin (Terkey)

Lorenzo Mata              UCLA                         Halc. Xalpa (Mexico)

Terrell McIntyre           Clemson                     Montepaschi (Italy)

Lee Melchionni             Duke                         Ignis DN (Italy)

Terence Morris            Maryland                    CSKA (Russia)

Mike Nardi                   Villanova                   Scavolini (Italy)

Drew Neitzel                Mich. State               Art. Dragons (Germany)

Darris Nichols              West Virginia              Atomeromu (Hungary)


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