TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The NBA season is approaching the halfway mark and former Alabama men’s basketball players continue to make an impact around a variety of professional leagues. Retin Obasohan, Levi Randolph, Donta Hall, Jordan Brunerand some seasoned veterans are also featured in this edition of Players in the Pros.
Below is a look at a few former Crimson Tide players highlights from both the NBA and overseas:
HERBERT JONES, NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
- Jones continue to make his case for a spot on the league’s all-defensive and is forging a reputation as the team’s lockdown defense as a starter for the New Orleans Pelicans and is serving as a bright spot for the team in a turbulent year.
- Over the past month, he is filling up the stat sheet averaging 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 32.0 minutes.
- In a matchup versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28, Jones scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
JAMYCHAL GREEN, DENVER NUGGETS
- Green is proving to be a valuable role player for the number six team in the Western Conference.
- Since December, Green has been averaging 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in his role off the bench.
- He also started in his last three games before entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
JOSHUA PRIMO, SAN ANTONIO SPURS/AUSTIN TOROS
- Primo impressed NBA fans in his return to the NBA, even coming up with a clutch three late in the game versus the Brooklyn Nets. He scored in double digits three times and started in four consecutive games for the Spurs, scoring a career-high 15 points versus the Toronto Raptors.
- With his time playing for the Austin Toros, Primo is averaging 18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.5 steals. This past Sunday he took on his former teammate John Petty Jr. and the Birmingham Squadron, scoring a career high 24 points on 4 threes in a 106-113 loss.
JOHN PETTY JR., NEW ORLEANS PELICANS/BIRMINGHAM SQUADRON
- Petty has played in 19 games for the Birmingham Squadron averaging 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 25.0 minutes. His goal remains to play basketball at the highest level as he fights for a chance in the NBA.
- In his most recent game against former teammate Josh Primo, Petty grabbed 6 boards and made a three coming off the bench in a home victory. Coach Nate Oats was in attendance and discussed his former players at halftime of the game.
EUROPEAN CRIMSON TIDE PROS
- Levi Randolph has been on a tear in the BNXT(Dutch Basketball League), leading his team, Filou Oostende, to a perfect 14-0 record in league play.
- He is currently third in the league from deep range with a 51.2 3PT% and eighth in points per game averaging 15.8.
- Retin Obasohan was named the top Belgian abroad in the last few weeks when he recorded a double-double scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an Israeli league victory
- He is currently sitting atop the Israeli Basketball Super League in Points averaging 18.9 per game and third in three-point percentage, shooting 47.1% from deep.
- Recently, Obasohan helped Hapoel bounce back in the Champions League where he has led them to two straight wins scoring 19 points in each while recording 12 assists and five steals in their victory on Jan. 6.
- Obasohan and Hapoel Jerusalem will play in a tiebreaker in order qualify for the winners’ stage after losing in OT on Tuesday, Obasohan finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.
- In his first year with AS Monaco, Donta Hall is making a case for the EuroLeague’s newcomer of the year, averaging 8.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 19.2 minutes off the bench.
- Jordan Bruner has played in 13 games for Imortal Albufeira in the Portuguese Basketball League where he is averaging 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.
- Mykal Riley, Tony Mitchell, and Alonzo Gee are the most seasoned Tide professionals still playing with a combined 37 years in the NBA and abroad.
- Riley is in his 14th year playing abroad and is a starter in the French NM1 league for Les Sables Vendee where he leads his team averaging 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 blocks.
- Mitchell and Gee are both playing in the Taiwan T1 League. They squared off on Dec. 25 when Gee was able to lead Taichung to a 110-102 victory with 19 points, 6 steals, and 3 assists. Mitchell did all he could for Taiwan Beer with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
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