Catching up with Noles of the hardwood
Posted by Jordi
With the school year rapidly coming to close, and the only Seminole sports news coming from practice*, I figured I would pass on a few Nole-related links that came across my path this week and go global, scouring the web for news on former Noles.
(* If they can practice, they can practice. It is as simple as that. It ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to write about it if you’re just writing about practice. We’re following the Noles, and they are supposed to be a quality team, and you’re writing about practice. I mean listen, you are writing about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but you’re writing about practice. Not the game that they go out there and die for and play every game last it’s their last but they’re writing about practice, man. How silly is that?)
Over at Slam Online.com, they caught up with Seminole legend Sam Cassell and talked to him about his time in the NBA, high school basketball, and his nascent coaching career.
Remember Alexander Johnson? He was on the team with Al Thornton, but whereas Thornton stayed for his senior year, Johnson left for the NBA after his junior year in 2005-06. Although drafted, Johnson has never been able to stay in the NBA, shuttling between the NBA to the Developmental League. (The last I saw of him was a few years ago in Miami.) This week, however, according to ESPN’s TrueHoop blog, after averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in the minors, Johnson signed with the Houston Rockets and should be on the team through the end of the season.
Johnson follows former Nole Von Wafer in donning Rocket red. Speaking of Wafer, the former Seminole guard was recently released by the Dallas Mavericks after signing a 10-day contract in late February. No matter where he plays, you can follow Wafer on twitter here.
One of Wafer’s backcourt teammates, the excitable Tim Pickett, was last seen playing in China, former home of Stephon Marbury. Although Marbury lasted all of less than a month, Pickett tore it up, averaging over 29 points per game.
Speaking of tearing it up, there doesn’t seem to be much doubt in the NBA that “Pretty” Toney Douglas is the real deal. Douglas is now starting for the Knicks. As a passionite Seminole fan, you can follow Douglas by being his Facebook friend here. (Also, if you can find them, Luke Loucks and Isaiah Swann both are friendly with the Facebook friending.)
Finally, last but definitely not least, one of my favorite former Noles, Nigel “Big Jelly” Dixon, is still rocking rims in the Far East, averaging over 20 points a game for the Busan KT Sonicboom in the South Korean basketball league.