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!
Urunday Universitario maintained the leadership for the Uruguayan Super liga after beating Larre Borges 83-72, with 28 points by Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports), while Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Also for Urunday, Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall), playing just 15 minutes netted 5 points and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) added 4 points and 5 rebounds. For Larre Borges, Anthony Young... [read more]
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Jayson Granger selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89). Granger contributed to an easy Anadolu Efes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Uruguayans who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Turkey). Granger contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (3-15) crushing them 95-67 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game.
He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 22 minutes on the court.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (16-2) is placed second in the BSL.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Granger averages: 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.9apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 69.7% in 15 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger played for the Uruguayan senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Regatas Corrientes (19-12) to beat La Union (16-18). Vidal did not impress in that game on Sunday.
He scored only 3 points and added 7 assists.
The fourth-placed Regatas Corrientes (19-12) was edged 78-76 on the road by the lower-ranked La Union (#8) in the Norte group.
Vidal's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 82.8%.
He played for the Uruguayan national team in 2015.
#3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Bruno Fitipaldo (183-91, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Turkey). Fitipaldo was not able to help Galatasaray in their game against Banvit (13-5) in the Turkish BSL. It was not his best game last Monday.
Fitipaldo scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court.
Galatasaray lost 64-79 in Balikesir to the lower-ranked (#4) Banvit.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
It's Fitipaldo's first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 83.3% in six games.
Fitipaldo is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.
#4. Forward Maximiliano Sole (198-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the leader Alcobendas (15-4) 75-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Wednesday.
He was MVP of the game. Sole had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds in 32 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Real Madrid II (15-5) is placed third.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Sole has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in 20 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Greek.
Sole used to play for the Uruguayan national team
back in 2015.
#5. An experienced former U21 international forward Martin Volf (198-80, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Loko Plzen (2-2) in their game against CEZ Basketball Nymburk B (1-3) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division).
He scored 8 points in only 10 minutes.
BK Loko Plzen (#2) lost 60-74 in Nymburk to the second-ranked CEZ Basketball B in the Places 7-12 group.
It was BK Loko Plzen's first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Volf's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 2.7rpg in six games.
He has both Uruguayan and Czech Republic nationalities.
Volf used to play for the Uruguayan U21 national team
seventeen years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Uruguayan passport but never been selected to any of Uruguayan national teams:
#1.Facundo Medina (190-G-94, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Rocamora (11-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Rocamora (#5) was defeated 97-91 on the road by the higher-ranked Huracan (#4) in the Center South group.
Medina was the top scorer with 24 points.
The Regular Season already ended.
Medina has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg.
#2. Experienced Brad Kanis (218-C-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked CB Pardinyes-Lleida (13-4) 101-85 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group C-B. CB Quart-Germans Cruz (13-3) is placed first.
This season Kanis has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg and 5.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kanis used to play for Atletico Welcome in Uruguayan league.
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