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Terrence Hundley (G) Orlando Venom is not new to the International Basketball League, he is a two time All-Star now in his third year in the league after putting in time with the Central Oregon Hotshots and the B.C. Titans. Joining a team in their first full season may scare off some players, but not Hundley. “It's a new team and I like to do something new and adventurous,” said Hundley, an Atlanta native. So far so good, as Hundley is averaging 17.5 points per game early in the season, however when asked about he average currently and their challenge with the Slam this weekend he stated he wants to put up more numbers for his team, “17.5 points isn’t bad, but my goal is to be in double digits in three categories.”
Hundley transitioned in the fall of 2010-2011 overseas to Portugal with SC Lusitania, where he averaged 15.8 points per game. “The IBL has been instrumental in helping me in my career. It’s helped place me in Portugal where that was one of my best seasons,” said Hundley who plans to play a few more years before branching off into coaching or mentoring – perhaps in the IBL. “The whole league in general is headed in a good direction.” Hundley and his Venom continue their season this weekend with two games against the Bellingham Slam.
Learn more about the Orlando Venom at www.orlandovenom.com .
Named first-team All-Big Sky conference his senior year at Portland State, Chehales Tapscott (F) Salem Soliders chose to continue his basketball career with the IBL’s Salem Soldiers. “I chose the IBL because I heard it was great competition and it helps get you used to professional game speed,” said Tapscott, who is averaging 30 points per page through his first two games of the season, even with the fast pressured twenty-two second shot clock.
After picking up Player of the Week his first week in the IBL, Chehales has shown he is one to watch. “I think it would be cool if I made the All-Star Team,” the 6’6” forward said before adding, “[The goal] for the season is to win the championship.” Either way winning a chamiponship in a pro league and or becoming an All Star headed to the Summer Pro League in Los Angeles and visit to Japan with the Basketball Japan League (BJL) isn't bad for a guy straight out of college.
Tapscott goal is to play overseas, though he is unsure where. His skill set should be attractive to any number of leagues and teams though. “My strengths are rebounding, playing tough defense and just playing hard. I’m looking to improve my outside game i.e. ball handling,”
When asked if he has any advice for players just coming out of college, Tapscott simply added, “Just keep working hard at your game, at the end of the day if you keep at it you will get better and be where you want to be.”
Learn more about the Salem Soldiers at www.ibl.com/salem_soldiers.
“Don’t let the past take hold of your future. If you want to be a pro ball player, then be one.” Giovonne ‘Gio’ Woods (G) of the Olympia Reign has lived by these words. A sixth man his junior and senior years at Central Washington University, Woods worked hard to improve his game and continue his dream. “I knew I was more than capable of playing at the next level so I trained, attended a few camps and played my rookie season in Spain,” said Woods who chose to be with his wife and newborn this season, while playing for his hometown Olympia Reign.
Last Saturday, Woods had one of the most impressive stat lines of the young season – 27 points, 16 assists, and 12 rebounds for his first career triple double against a tough Portland Chinooks team. “After the game our owner came to me and told me the stat line. I was pretty excited about it. I’m a player that likes to do it all and help my teammates get involved in the game,” said Woods, who was especially proud of his team as they came back, down 30 points, to win the game.
Woods plans on working on his game this season, especially shooting and turnovers, before returning overseas to continue his pro career. “Goals for this season are to help my team win games and go far in the playoffs. Long term is to get back overseas in late August or early September and continue to play at a high level for as long as God lets me.”
Learn more about the Olympia Reign at www.ibl.com/olympia_reign.
About International Basketball League (IBL)
The International Basketball League (IBL) is a professional sports association based in Vancouver, Wash., that engages high level basketball talent. The league is dedicated to fostering international basketball talent and focuses on providing family friendly events as well as helping players find positions in international leagues such as the BJ League, Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), and the Portuguese Basketball League (LCB). The IBL is in its eighth year of operation with teams across the United States and Canada. To learn more about the International Basketball League visit: www.ibl.com.