FORMER RAMS THRIVING IN PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES OVERSEAS

RICHMOND, Va. – Over the past two years, the VCU basketball brand has hit an all-time high not only nationally, but all over the globe.

In addition to the magical Final Four run and yet another NCAA Tournament, former Rams have been showing the world what VCU basketball is all about for years and this season has been no different.

Seven different former Rams have put their skills on display overseas including three of the Final Four stars in Jamie Skeen, Joey Rodriguez and Brandon Rozzell. In addition to that trio, VCU legends Jesse Pellot-Rosa, BA Walker, Jamal Shuler and Nick George are still balling out with all four averaging in double-figures this year.

As most of the international leagues head into the playoffs, check out how the former Black & Gold stars are faring across the water:

JOEY RODRIGUEZ

The star point guard of the 2011 Final Four run is playing a critical role for San German in the playoff push in the BSN, averaging nearly 20 minutes a game.

His 6.1 points and 3.3 assists per game for Athleticos de San German, who with two games left in the regular season, could make a push for the league's second seed in the upcoming playoffs.

He's knocking down nearly 40 percent of his three-pointers, while being one of the league's best from the charity stripe at over 95%.

 

 

JOEY RODRIGUEZ - CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012 - San German (PR)
28
17.8 .425
.385
.952
17-39-56
2.0
42 93-3.3 0
23
172-6.1

JAMIE SKEEN

The 2011 Southwest Region Most Outstanding Player started his overseas career with Tony Parker's ASVEL team in France, where he was playing just over 11 minutes a game in France's top league.

A mid-season switch to Ironi Ashkelon in Israel's top league has proved beneficially for the former Ram, who is playing nearly 30 minutes a game and averaging 8.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Skeen's squad is currently in the first round of the playoffs against Maccabi Rishon and hold a 1-0 lead after a 64-63 win in the series opener, behind 10 points from the former Ram.

 

 

JAMIE SKEEN - CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012 -Ironi Ashkelon (Israel)
15
27.4
.545
.381
.667
27-41-68
4.5
42 12-0.8
11
14
132-8.8
2012 -ASVEL (France)
19 11.4
 .321  .250 .575
8-19-27
1.7
 11 8-0.4
4
 30 46-2.3

BRANDON ROZZELL

The "Mayor of Richmond" was a late addition to the overseas market, but he's made every minute count as the sharpshooter is averaging nearly 15 points a game for Leeuwarden in Holland's top league.

Rozzell is coming off being named the Player of the Round Award by Eurobasket.com after his 29 point, five assist effort in his squad's 91-61 over Den Bosch last Thursday.

He has worked his way into the starting lineup and is averaging over three rebounds and nearly two assists per game to go along with his 14.4 points per outing.

 

BRANDON ROZZELL - CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012 - Leeuwarden (Holland)
12
27.0
.467
.338
.895
10-28-38
3.1
2.4 22-1.8
2
19
173-14.4

JESSE PELLOT-ROSA

One of the toughest guys to ever put on a VCU uniform had another outstanding year overseas, spending time in both Puerto Rico and Argentina this past year.

Pellot-Rosa started the year with the same team as Rodriguez, but after just three games headed to Quimsa in Argentina's top league, where he averaged nearly 25 minutes a night.

His toughness was on display every night en route to 12 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per outing, while shooting nearly 41 percent from long range.

The Richmond, Va. native is back home and working out at VCU to prepare for the next stage in his pro career.

 

JESSE PELLOT-ROSA - CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012 - Quimsa (Argentina) 38 24.7 .464 .409 .784 46-88-134 3.5 80 46-1.2 27 0 456-12.0
2012 - San German (PR)
3
16.7
.417
.444
.556
1-2-3
1.0
5 4-1.3
2
0
27-9.0

JAMAL SHULER

Once again Shuler is having success overseas, starting and playing over 30 minutes a night for Sluc Nancy in France's premier league.

Behind Shuler's sharp-shooting, Nancy find itself right in the mix for a playoff spot with a 16-12 ledger with two games remaining in the regular season.

The Jacksonville, N.C. native is averaging 12.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per night, while shooting over 40 percent from long distance.

 

JAMAL SHULER- CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012- Nancy (France)
38 30.7
.527
.401
.864
32-118-150
3.9
110 82-2.2
2
87
468-12.3

B.A. WALKER

The quiet assassin from Onancock, Va. is still leading his team to postseason play as Walker has led his Kataja squad to the finals in Finland's premier league against Nilan Bisons, which is set to begin this week.

Walker and his squad posted a 31-9 record this year, three games better than the rest of the league.

The former Ram, who is playing in his fifth country overseas, has been a vital cog in that success, averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in a do-it-all role for the squad.

 

B.A. WALKER- CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012- Kataja (Finland)
47 31.2
.547
.313
.750
42-127-169
3.6
99 174-3.7
9
46
606-12.9

NICK GEORGE

One of the most prolific scorers in school history is still hooping it up, now in his fifth country professionally with the Lugano Tigers in Switzerland.

After playing nearly 31 minutes a game and scoring 15 points per game for Sant' Antimo in Italy, George earned a spot with Lugano where he is playing a crucial role off the bench in the team's playoff push.

The England native is pouring in 7.4 points and grabbing 1.7 points per game for his new team in Switzerland, where he is playing nearly 20 minutes a game.

His squad, the regular season champions, holds a 2-1 lead in the semi-finals, where they will advance to the finals with one more victory.

 

NICK GEORGE- CURRENT STATISTICS
Year GP Min.
2-PT FG Pct.
3-PT FG Pct.
FT Pct.
Off-Def-Total Reb
Reb. Avg.
PF Ast.-Avg.
Blk.
Stl.
Pts.-Avg.
2012- Lugano Tigers (Switzerland)
7
17.7 .542
.333
 .727 4-8-12
1.7
9
4-0.6
 5  6 52-7.4
2012 - Sant' Antimo (Italy) 9 30.9 .532 .353 .714 10-31-41 4.6 17 12-1.3 2 14 135-15.0
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