Ron Howard: Ron had his first Euro game in his career this week end in Israel as his team, Netanya, lost to a pretty good Maccabi Rishon team. Ron had 11 points and 6 boards in 19 minutes. A really good start for him and hopefully it will lead into bigger minutes.
Sean Sonderleiter: Sondy continues his solid play in Ulm with 10 and 6 in one game in 29 minutes in one game and 8 and 6 in 21 minutes in another game. Sondy is now 7th in the league in rebounding at 7.3 per game. In another note, former Erie big man John Bryant had 24 and 16 boards in his best game of the season.
Coleman Collins: Coleman had a 5 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes in the first game of the weekend and 8 and 5 in 19 minutes last game. Right now, Ulm is struggling out of the gate (Mad Ants fans know a little something about that!), as they are sitting at 0-4 right now. The good news is that the bigs seem to be doing their part, but they need improved play from their guards so it seems, especially potential first round draft pick, Robin Benzing, who is averaging 11.3 points per game on 43 percent shooting from two and 23 percent shooting from three. Throw in a measly 1.7 boards per game for the 6'10 Benzing, and I think Ulm is going to have to get a lot more from him to see their fortunes turn.
Carl Elliot: Mad Ants fans might remember Carl for his stint with us a couple of years ago before running off to Venezuela under cloudy circumstances. Carl is down in Uruguay with former Mad Ant Jamelle Cornley and is playing really well down there. He is 20.8 ppg, 6.5 apg, and 4.9 rpg. In other words, he is owning that league down there.
Ryan Ayers: Ryan continues his fine play in Finland as he scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a blowout against Korihait. He is now averaging 17.7 ppg and grabbing 7.6 rebounds.
Alex Acker: Some of you may remember Alex from his brief assignment down from the Pistons two years ago. He is currently playing in France for Le Mans, and averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds a game.
Rashad Anderson: Rashad was with us a short time last year before heading overseas, and I wish we could have gotten him sooner, because I really liked his game, particularly as a scorer. He is now in Latvia playing for Ventspils and averaging 12 ppg in 21 mpg.
Dahntay Jones: Just a quick commentary on Dahntay as I watch him down in Indy. Dahntay had a stint for us in our first season, and he is -- to this date -- the most impressive and dominant player I have seen in the D-League. He would guard the other teams best player (Kasib Powell, Shannon Brown, etc.) and score 20 something points while keeping them to single digits. He could have been a complete prima donna, but he could not have been more humble or gracious. He was a true professional.
That is why it is hard to see him languishing on the bench for the Pacers right now. I know it would have been hard for him to turn down the money the Pacers gave him, but I always questioned if that was a great fit for his style of play (remember how he excelled for the more uptempo style of George Karl and the Nuggets.) In Denver, he was expected to guard the best perimeter scorer and run the court for easy buckets. The Pacers do not seem to be as up and down, and I think that is why he has struggled to get on the court with the Pacers, especially considering that Dahntay's strength is not spot up shooting (something Jim O'Brien has pointed to as a reason Dahntay is not seeing any playing time).
I saw that he is on the trading block right now, and I hope he can find himself on a playoff team where his strengths -- defense, athleticism, slashing, toughness -- can help a team get over the hump.
Taj McCullough: Taj played a couple of games this weekend and averaged about 15.5 ppg. No surprise for that gifted scorer.
Jared Reiner: Jared is really starting to turn it up. This weekend he had his best game by scoring 17 points (on 5-9 shooting) and grabbed 9 rebounds. He followed that up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and even swatted away a combined 5 shots in the two games. I am very happy to see Jared playing so well, and he is even fifth in the league in rebounding right now at 8.3 per game.