Monday, March 7, 2011

Where Are They Now? - Basketball

You asked, and so we deliver - this will be the first in a series of posts detailing what some former BC players are up to now. Needless to say, it's pretty hard to track down those that aren't currently playing professionally, so these lists will usually be limited to BC athletes that moved on to a professional league of some sort. Today we start with basketball, and we'll have football, hockey, and baseball coming up in the days to come.

Craig Smith - After graduating Boston College in 2006, Smith was drafted in the second round (36th pick) by the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged about 9 points and 4.5 rebounds. In 2009, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he plays today. After starting strong this year, he missed a number of games due to a herniated disk in his back and is now working his way back into the rotation. He'll be a free agent this coming offseason.

Jared Dudley - Dudley was picked 22nd in the first round in 2007 by the Charlotte Bobcats. After a year and a half with the Bobcats (averaging a little over 5 points per game), Dudley was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where his scoring has consistently improved - this year he's averaging almost ten points a game. He's universally known as one of the nicest and funnest guys in the NBA, and recently signed a deal that will keep him a Sun - barring trade - for the next 5 years.

Sean Williams - Despite being drafted 17th overall in 2007 by the New Jersey Nets, Williams showed the immaturity and penchant for trouble that cost him half of his senior season on the Heights. After being called up to the Nets from the NBDL (the NBA's version of the minor leagues) in 2009, Williams played in the NBA for a year before, due to character issues (including charges stemming from an altercation in a cell phone store in Colorado), he was released. From there Williams went on an international tour of sorts, playing in China, Puerto Rico, and briefly Israel before returning to the Texas Legends of the NBDL as a free agent this fall.

Tyrese Rice - Rice went undrafted in 2009 after his senior year, but was signed to play for the Greek team Panionos for a year. After the 2010 season, Rice tried out for a few NBA teams but ultimately returned to Europe, signing for the 2010-11 season with the Artland Dragons in Germany, where he is currently leading the team with 16 points and 5 assists per game.

Sean Marshall - Marshall went undrafted in 2007 and went on to play for teams in Turkey, Greece, and France before returning to the States, where he now plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBDL.

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