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Posted on: October 12, 2020 at 08:22:28 CT
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Marcus Denmon (China):
https://www.asia-basket.com/China/news/644017/Sharks-sign-Marcus-Denmon

Shanghai Sharks (CBA) tabbed 30-year old American guard Marcus Denmon (191-84kg-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket). He joins another USA player Jimmer Fredette who is already in the roster.
Denmon played most recently at Zhejiang Chouzhou. In 30 CBA games in China he averaged impressive 28.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.5apg and 1.8spg last season.
He was selected to Chinese CBA All-Star Game in 2020.
The previous (18-19) season he was tested by Panathinaikos (A1) in Greek league.
In 2012 Denmon was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall). He attended University of Missouri and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Denmon represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 75.0%.
Denmon is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Denmon has played previously professionally also in France (Chalon/Saor), Italy (Brindisi) and Turkey (Tofas, Gaziantep and Istanbul BBSK).
Denmon won Greek League championship title in 2018.

Namon Wright (Finland)
https://www.eurobasket.com/Finland/news/642167/Namon-Wright-(ex-Leicester-R.)-joins-Kouvot

Kouvot Kouvola (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 26-year old American shooting guard Namon Wright (196-92kg-94, college: Colorado). He played last season at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in British BBL league. In 11 games he had very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg.
He graduated from University of Colorado in 2019 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

Jonathan Williams III (Turkey):
https://www.eurobasket.com/Turkey/news/643549/Galatasaray-lands-Johnathan-Williams-III

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (BSL) landed 25-year old American forward Johnathan Williams III (206-94kg-95, college: Gonzaga, agency: Wasserman). He was about to sign at Washington Wizards in the NBA.
The most of last season Williams III spent at Go Go in U.S. NBA-G-League where in 16 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. He also played for Rishon (Israeli Winner League) in Israeli league. In 9 games he had 12.2ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.0apg. Williams III also played 9 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.3ppg and 7.8rpg.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Kaunas (Lithuania) eight years ago. Williams III's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.0ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 53.5%, FT: 55.6%.
Williams III has played also professionally in NBA (LA Lakers), NBA G League (South Bay Lakers) and NBA Summer League (Houston Rockets).
Among many awards his college team won WCC Tournament for two years in a row (2017 and 2018). Williams III received also NABC NCAA D1 All-District 9 1st Team award in 2018.
He attended Gonzaga University until 2018 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

Tyler Stone (France):
https://www.eurobasket.com/France/news/635398/Tyler-Stone-(ex-Brindisi)-signs-at-Nanterre

JSF Nanterre (Jeep ELITE ProA) landed 28-year old American forward Tyler Stone (203-104kg-91, college: SEMO). He played most recently at Happy Casa Brindisi in Italian Serie A. In 14 Basketball Champions League games he averaged impressive 17.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg last season. Stone also played 19 games in Serie A where he had 14.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Good season as he was selected League Player of the Week.
Stone has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Stone has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Stone has played previously professionally in Greece (Rethymno), Israel (Galil Gilboa), Japan (Chiba Jets and Shimane Magic), Puerto Rico (Piratas), Russia (Enisey), Turkey (Denizli Basket) and The Basketball Tournament (Bluff City).
Among many awards his team won Turkish TB2L Regular Season in 2015. Stone received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League 6th Man of the Year award back in 2017.
He attended Southeast Missouri State University until 2014 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Keith Shamburger (Bosnia):
https://www.eurobasket.com/Bosnia/news/645712/Spartans-add-Shamburger-to-their-roster,-ex-Island-S.

KK IBU Spartans Zivinice (A1 Liga FBIH) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Keith Shamburger (180-77kg-92, college: Missouri). He played last season at Island Storm in Canadian NBL. In 6 NBLCanada games he recorded 5.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg.
He is a very experienced player.
Shamburger graduated from University of Missouri in 2015 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

Shane Rector (United Arab Emerites):
https://www.asia-basket.com/United%20Arab%20Emirates/news/640158/Al-Bataeh-signs-Shane-Rector,-ex-Al-Gharafa

Al Bataeh (D1) signed 25-year old American guard Shane Rector (188-82kg-94, college: Utah State). He played last season at Al Gharafa in Qatari D1 league. In four games he had very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg.
The previous (2019) summer Rector played at U.S. Monastir (Nationale A) in Tunisian league.
Rector has played on three different continents (Asia, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Saudi Arabia (Ohod), United Arab Emirates (Al Wasl and Al Sharjah) and TBL (Albany Patroons).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-FIBA Asia Champions Cup GBA Qualifiers 2nd Team in 2019.
Rector attended Utah State until 2017 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Ricardo Ratliffe (S. Korea):
https://www.asia-basket.com/South%20Korea/news/646043/KCC-Egis-keep-Ratliffe-for-another-season

KCC Egis (KBL) re-signed 31-year old South Korean international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-109kg-89, college: Missouri). He is the second foreigner player in the roster as Puerto Rican Tyler Davis signed here earlier.
Ratliffe has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Ratliffe was a team leader there last season. In four KBL games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. Ratliffe also played for Mobis Phoebus that season where in 13 KBL games he was league's second best scorer with remarkable 23.4ppg and recorded 14.9rpg (leader !!!), 1.8apg and 1.5bpg. Good season as he was selected League Player of the Week.
Ratliffe also represented South Korea at the Asian Games in Jakarta (Indonesia) two years ago.
He has played previously professionally also in Philippines (Hotshots).
Among many awards Ratliffe won Korean KBL championship title in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Domestic Player of the Year award in 2019.
Ratliffe attended University of Missouri until 2012 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

Willie Jackson (Macedonia):
https://www.eurobasket.com/North%20Macedonia/news/639268/Kozuv-signs-rookie-Willie-Jackson

KK Kozuv AD Gevgelija (Prva Liga) inked 23-year old American forward Willie Jackson (198-98kg-96, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Toledo (NCAA). Jackson has played there for the last three years. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-MAC Honorable Mention.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
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Some updates on former Tigers around the globe - FIJItiger MU - 10/12 08:22:28
     I thought J Wms Jr. III would stick in the NBA(nm) - Tptiger MU - 10/13 12:33:16
          I did as well, lots of times with guys at that - FIJItiger MU - 10/13 12:46:40
          He’s not skilled enough (nm) - wu-tangtiger MU - 10/13 12:40:08
          Sounds like an interesting (hypothetical) dude (nm) - FIJItiger MU - 10/12 08:40:29




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