Basketball news to feel good about
OK, so right now there is not a lot to feel good about when it comes to basketball. The team probably will not know the extent to Jared Swopshire and Alex Olah’s injuries until later in the day and may not even release much information before Thursday’s game against Ohio State. After the 16-point loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, things look pretty bleak for Northwestern.
Because we are all about positivity and spreading Wildcat-aganda, it is about time we find some good basketball news to talk about. Nostalgia is nice, right?
It is time to check in on our favorite professional basketball players. And since they are not in the NBA, we have to do a little digging to find them.
John Shurna did not get a contract from the Knicks after his training camp invite. He has spent his year in France playing for Strasbourg IG along with former NBA draft pick and French star Alexis Ajinca.
Shurna is averaging 8.5 points per game in 11 appearances for his team. He is shooting 47.7 percent from beyond the arc (21 for 44). That is a big boost off the bench, playing about 20 minutes per game for Strasbourg, for a team that is currently second in the ProA Standings in France. Shurna has been pretty solid for Strasbourg and even cracked the starting lineup recently.
Shurna joined the team back in November, and according to ProA League’s Web site, his contract will actually expire February 17 (one week from today!). I imagine there was some thought of potentially trying to come back to the NBA, but seeing how successful he and his team have been, I would suspect Shurna finishes the year in France.
Shurna recently scored 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench in an 85-73 win over Le Mans on Jan. 26. His season-high is 19 points in his lone start of the year on Dec. 28 in a 73-66 win over Chalon/Saone. Shurna put in a familiar performance, playing all 40 minutes and hitting 7 of his 11 field goal attempts.
Meanwhile Michael Thompson is still in France, joining Shurna in the ProA League.
Thompson plays for Lyon-Villeurbanne, who is in fifth place in the league. Thompson has played and started in 19 games this season, averaging 7.1 points per game and 2.8 assists per game. He is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor. His season high was a 19-point effort in a 78-72 loss to Poitiers where he shot 7 for 10 from the floor.
For those asking, Lyon played Strasbourg once already before Shurna had joined the Strabourg rotation. Both teams are currently in the quarterfinals of the DisneyLand Paris Leaders Cup. The two are set to play each other on April 6. We may have to find a French stream for that game.
Finally, Kevin Coble is playing in Japan this year for the Sendai 89ers. The team is currently 10-16 and near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. However, Coble has had his stat page removed from the BJ League’s stats page and he is no longer listed on Sendai’s roster. Coble has played recently, however. He scored eight points in a 74-71 win over Albirex BB on Jan. 12.
Coble played in 24 games for the 89ers, averaging 13.0 points per game and shooting 38.4 percent from the floor. Coble has not played since that game on Jan. 12 and appears to have been let go or injured. His name is in grey on the team’s statistics page on the BJ League’s Web site. Can’t quite figure out what that means.
Best of luck to our three professional ballplayers.