You were born in Bahamas. Tell me something about your family and the city. I was born in Nassau, the capital city. Most of my family still lives there. Its a really nice place to visit, but living there is a hassle.
How and when did you start playing basketball? I started playing basketball when i was four years old at summer camp. Haven't stopped since.
Did you always play as a forward? I have always played forward/ center because i was the tallest growing up. When i moved to the US tho, I played more of a perimeter role.
When you were a little boy, who did you watch? My favorite players growing up were Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett.
How was your experience in Lafayette? I met alot of great friends at Lafayette. The basketball however was an issue. I did not like the direction the program was going in. I needed to go somewhere where I could win.
When you left Lafayette .. did youn think giving up basketball? No never. I knew i still wanted to play basketball, just not at lafayette.
Talk about your time in E Kentucky Eastern Kentucky was a great experience. I learned alot about basketball about life and about people there. We were able to make it to the NCAA tournament my junior year and i will never forget it.
Did you study a career? I graduated with a degree in sociology with a minor in business. I do not have plans on using them any time soon though. I want to play basketball for now.
When you were playing in college. Did you have a chance to face an NBA player? When i was in college i played against MANY players who are now in the NBA or were previously and i train with some of them during the summer time. Basketball is like a fraternity in that way.
You had the chance to play in Mexico. What do you remember about that? All i remember about my first stint in Mexico is long bus rides, shady hotels and dishonest management. But the fan support is great out there. We were winning, but it was not the right situation.
And how is the basketball in Finland? Finnish basketball is really structured and there are alot of good shooters. Surprisingly good athletes as well. I had fun playing in finland except for the cold.
How did you come to Uruguayan basketball? The opportunity to play in uruguay came as a fall back actually. I had just been released from my in Tampico and my agent told me about the opportunity in uruguay. I admit I wasnt thrilled but i decided to take it as something to do until I could get to the job I wanted.
Did you know something about Uruguay or did you google it? I definitely had to research uruguay on google. I mean, i knew about the country from an economic standpoint, but nothing about the basketball. I found out that alot of good players had played and were playing out there. Made me feel better about the decision to come.
How did you feel in Uruguay the first months taking into account food, language and habits? The transition at first was a bit difficult. To be honest when i first got there I didnt want to stay. But as time went on I became more comfortable and actually grew to like it. I got along with my teammates and the club did their best to make me feel welcome.
What do you think about Bohemios as a team? As a club i think Bohemios made great strides this season. They have some young talent that will develop into good players and I think that they made the right move in bringing a new coach. If the management ever got serious about winning, I think that Bohemios could be one of the better teams in the league.
Do you feel the fans support and love? The Bohemios fans are awesome! They are always supportive and are really loyal. I have made friends with alot of the die-hard supporters and still talk to them even though i dont play for bohemios anymore. Many of them have written to me to thank me for my efforts this season and I surely appreciate them.
The team didn't start well. Did You think you could be replaced? Yeah after the first round our morale was extremely low and there was definitely the thought that I might be shipped out. I resolved to just play every game like it was my last and leave it in the hands of the management on whether to keep me or not.
Why did the team change possitively? Well, i think for the players it just took the realization that we were better than the way we had been playing and when the new coach came in with a plan for us to win, everything kind of fell in to place.
How was your relationship with the coach German Fernandez? I had and continue to have a great relationship with coach Fernandez. He's a young coach but he knows the game and he listens to his players. I think that is an important trait in being a good coach. He demands the best out of his players and gives the same. I still talk to him from time to time.
You did a great championship. Was there a lack of luck in the playoff matches? Yeah, i saw that. Honestly, I thought that they would beat Aguada in the quarter finals. I really dont know what happened to the team.
Was it fair Aguada victory? Why? I cant say if Aguada deserved to win or not. I didnt play in the games nor did I watch it. However, it did seem like Aguada managed to contain every player on Bohemios except for Ramel. If that was their game plan, it worked. Congratulations to them.
It was a surprise for everybody you didn't play the playoffs. What happened? Yeah it was a surprise im sure to most people. But to those that know me, they knew that I had been angry about the situation with the league, the refs and the fans for about a month prior to that last game at Trouville. During that game, I saw a change in the mindset of the players and the fans. And the referees were powerless against it. It became such a volatile and dangerous environment leading up to that game that I decided that i had had enough. I was not gonna put the well being of my girl friend and my own career in jeopardy any longer. I had to leave immediately.
Were you suprised by any comment in the press? Yes, apparently it was written that I had left because i didnt want to take a drug test given by the league. However, i had decided to leave uruguay during that game before i even knew about the pending drug test. I left before the game was even over because of the fight that had broke out on the court. It had nothing to do with the drug test.
For the next season.Is it possible for you to come back? I have no idea. I dont know how the rules of the LUBB work so i dont know if I'm even allowed. I would be open to negotiations if it were possible but that is out of my hands. I just want to play in a place where i am accurately compensated for my work in an environment that is comfortable.
Where are you now? Where are you going to play in the near future? I am in Marbella Spain right now. I have a couple of deals in the works for perhaps turkey, Mexico or the Middle East. A decision should be coming in the next few days.
Finally. Bohemios had its best season in years.. A message for the fans please... All I can say to the fans is thanks. Thanks for the best wishes, thanks for the support at the games. I am truly sorry about the way i left but it had to be done. I wish you the very best in the future if we never meet again. And as always, VAMOS BOHEMIOS!
Lagomar inks Diego Olivera - 12 hours ago
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32-year old guard Diego Olivera (197-84kg-84). He played last summer at Montevideo Basket Ball Club in the Ascenso. In 21 games he had 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg. LUB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Olivera won Uruguay Metropolitan League championship title in 2014. He was a member of Uruguayan U19 National Team back in 2002. Olivera has played previously for seven other teams: Larre Borges, Tabare, Larranaga, U... [read more]
Lagomar Canelones Montevideo (LUB) signed 32-year old guard Diego Olivera (197-84kg-84). He played last summer at Montevideo Basket Ball Club in the Ascenso. In 21 games he had 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg. LUB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Olivera won Uruguay Metropolitan League championship title in 2014. He was a member of Uruguayan U19 National Team back in 2002. Olivera has played previously for seven other teams: Larre Borges, Tabare, Larranaga, U Universitario, O Mundial, Remeros and U Universitario.
Zvonko Buljan (206-F/C-87, college: TCU) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Aguada defeated Goes 67-52, for the Uruguayan League 2016-17 opening game. Also for Aguada, Jeremis Smith (203-C/F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Miguel Barriola (191-F-90) netted 16 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) finished with 7 points and 7 assists. For Goes, Malcolm White(205-C/F-88, college: LSU) n... [read more]
Union Atletica Montevideoagreed terms with 24-year old point guard Juan Modernell (92). He played last summer at Verdirrojo in the Ascenso. In 21 games he had 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Metropolitan will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Modernell has played previously for three other teams: Larre Borges, Goes and Nacional. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Uruguay [read more]
Union Atletica Montevideo agreed terms with 24-year old point guard Juan Modernell (92). He played last summer at Verdirrojo in the Ascenso. In 21 games he had 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Metropolitan will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Modernell has played previously for three other teams: Larre Borges, Goes and Nacional.
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