Men's Basketball

Former Marquette Standouts Continue Careers In Pro Ranks

May 20, 2011

Several former Marquette men's basketball basketball players have continued their playing careers after MU both domestically and internationally. Below is a quick recap of several individual's 2010-11 seasons.

Lazar Hayward (Class of 2010) - Minnesota Timberwolves
3.8 PPG, 35.7 FG% (42 games)

Wesley Matthews ('09) - Portland Trail Blazers, starter (69 games)
15.9 PPG, 44.9 FG%, 40.7 3P%

During the playoffs Matthews started in all six games the Trail Blazers played. Portland eventually lost their first round series to Dallas.

Steve Novak ('06) - San Antonio Spurs
52.5 FG%, 54.8 3P% (23 games)

The Spurs wound up losing their first round playoff series to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat, starter (76 games)
25.5 PPG, 50.0 FG%

The Heat are still alive in the 2011 NBA Playoffs and are playing the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Jerel McNeal ('09) - Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League), starter
19.4 PPG, 4.4 APG, 45.8 FG%, 36.2 3P% (47 games)

The Vipers reached the NBA D-League Finals but fell to the Iowa Energy. McNeal's season was highlighted by receiving his first Gatorade Call-Up to the NBA where he earned a ten-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets. McNeal was also named a 2011 NBA D-League All-Star.

Many former Marquette players have also continued their playing careers and flourished in play outside of the United States.

Maurice Acker ('10) - Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL), starter
8.5 PPG, 3.7APG, 40.9 FG%

The Kebs were the eventual PBL regular season runners-up.

David Cubillan ('10) - Trotamunda de Carabobo (Venezuela-LPB), starter
16.8 PPG, 3.4 APG, 55.9 FG%, 40.0 3P%

Cubillan racked up the honors in the fall of 2010 being named to the LatinBasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB First Team and LNB All-Domestic Players Team.

Dwight Burke ('09) - BK Nova Hut Ostrava (Czech Rep.-NBL), starter
13.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG

Burke also received Czech Republic NBL All-Star honors for his play this past season. In May 2011 Burke moved to ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB) where he is part of the starting five. The Evreux are currently beginning quarterfinal play.

Dominic James ('09) - Lukoil Academik Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL), starter
13.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 66.5 FG%

James was sidelined in early April with a foot injury that eventually required surgery.

Ousmane Barro ('08) signed in December 2010 with Zob Ahan Esfahan (Iran-Superleague) and was part of the starting five.

Trend Blackledge ('08) - Osaka Evessa (Japan-BJ League), starter
10.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 58.6 FG%

Dan Fitzgerald ('08) - Ratiopharm (Germany)
8.3 PPG, 62.5 FG%, 41.3 3P%

Joe Chapman ('06) - Newcastle Eagles (UK), starter
19.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 58.2 FG%

Chris Grimm ('06) - ADA Blois Basket (France-NM1)
12.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 58.3 FG%

Grimm suffered an ankle injury only 10 games into the season on November 6, 2010.

Travis Diener ('05) - Dinamo Sassari (Italy-SerieA), starter
13.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 36.7 3P%

Diener was also named to the Italian SerieA All-Star Team and his team is currently in quarterfinal play.

Marcus Jackson ('05) - Lechugueros de Leon (Mexico-LNBP), starter
7.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 58.2 FG%

Scott Merritt ('04) - Link Tochigi Brex (Japan-BL), starter
13.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 51.9 FG%

Cordell Henry ('02) - Guaros De Lara (Venezuela-LPB), starter
12.3 PPG, 44.9 FG%, 48.1 3P%

Henry began the season with Sport Lisboa Benfica (Portugal-LPB) but left in December 2010 and moved to Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico-LNBP) in January 2011. Henry started seven games for Fuerza Regia and averaged 7.4 points per game. In February, Henry signed with Guaros de Lara (Venezuela-LPB).

Oluoma Nnamaka ('02) - Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato (Italy-Lega2), starter
5.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 64.0 FG%

Amal McCaskill ('96) - Daegu Orions (Korea-KBL), starter
14.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG

McCaskill began the season with Inchon ET Land Elephants (Korea-KBL) but moved to the Daegu Orions (Korea-KBL) in January 2011.

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