Copy

Get in the game and get to know the athletes, coaches and personalities of the International Basketball League.

News from the International Basketball League (IBL)
Get in the game and get to know the athletes, coaches and personalities of the IBL: Cory Largent, Joe Navarro and Nick Moore
 
 
A deep love of the game is what has kept Cory Largent of the Salem Soldiers in pro basketball for 10 years now. Largent, a 6’6” forward, played four years at Western Carolina and then headed overseas where he played in Argentina, Uruguay, Switzerland, Romania, and Luxembourg.  Now Largent, 31, is playing for the first-year Salem Soldiers and loving every minute of it. “The IBL is very offense oriented and fast paced. It brings a little different style of play compared to overseas and college,” said Largent who is averaging 19.8 points per game this season.  As a seasoned veteran, Largent is a great resource for many of Salem’s players who are looking to take their career overseas. “I try to be a leader for my team try to be there for them for whatever they need on or off the floor – especially for the younger guys. I know I have been where they are trying to go,” explained Largent.

When Largent isn’t playing, he’s coaching. He coaches two teams at The Hoop (the basketball facility where the Soldiers play) in Salem and has also helped out with North Salem High School’s varsity basketball team. “Coaching opens up a different aspect of basketball. I have learned so much more from coaching these two years than I have from playing,” said Largent, “If what I have makes a kid better then that makes me happy and to see the kids grow and learn from things I say is amazing to me.”

Largent for now is focused on winning an IBL championship with the Soldiers who have won three in a row, including knocking off league leading Bellingham for the second time this year. “We have been playing great lately.  Our chemistry is coming together at the right time,” said Largent who talked about the some of Salem’s early season struggles as well, “Being a new team with new faces we had to gel and figure each other out. I think it took a little while but we are finally hitting our stride. Our goal is to keep building on our progress all the way through the playoffs.”

For the future, Largent hopes to become a collegiate or professional referee as well as staying involved in coaching. “I love learning new things about the game, and sharing what I have to offer. I love basketball, I want to continue to grow my knowledge of the game and share that with the youth, through coaching and training.”

Learn more about Cory Largent and the Salem Soldiers at www.ibl.com/salem_soldiers.
  
 

 
Few coaches inherit a team coming off a championship, but that's just what happened to Vancouver Volcanoes Head Coach Joe Navarro. The Volcanoes won the IBL Championship last year with head coach Bryan Hunter at the helm and Navarro in an assistant role. This year though, Navarro has taken over and lead the Volcanoes to an 8-5 record with five games remaining. Some teams or coaches might get complacent after winning a title, but not Navarro and the Volcanoes. “We only have one goal in Vancouver, and that's the title,” said the coach who hasn’t had any trouble keeping his players motivated. “The returning players are very excited about the opportunity to get back to back championships, and they really do a good job of keeping the rookies excited.”

Navarro has spent three years now with Volcanoes but also spent the better part of ten years coaching at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon where he also played. If that wasn’t enough, Navarro also has served as a player scout or consultant to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings and continues to do so during the offseason. “While scouting for NBA teams you really get to look at a lot of different coaches schemes and how they use their personnel to gain advantages,” said Navarro who hopes to have continued involvement in the NBA, but more on the coaching side, “Scouting is okay, but I enjoy the court time and interaction with the players more. Personally, my long term professional goal is to coach in the NBA.”

As far as the Volcanoes this season, Navarro is happy with their performance so far but can definitely see a lot of room for improvement. “We are a very talented offensive team [but] We need to do a better job of on the defensive side of the ball. With as many players as we have coming late from overseas it's difficult to get everybody on the same page in terms of our defensive rotations and chemistry. It will come with practice,” said Navarro who has five more games to prepare his team for the upcoming IBL playoffs in Bellingham. “We peaked late last season, and I think we're trending in that same direction.”

Learn more about the Vancouver Volcanoes at www.ibl.com/vancouver_volcanoes

 


There’s now one more fan out there rooting for the Olympia Reign’s Nicholas Moore as the 6’7” forward just recently became a proud father to Nevaeh Aamoni Moore, who was born last week. “I really look forward to making as many memories as possible with my daughter and girlfriend,” said Moore who will be busy with his daughter as well as the upcoming IBL playoffs.

Moore, now in his fourth IBL season, finished up his college ball at Evergreen State which is also located in Olympia so the move to the Reign in 2009 was a no-brainer. “[Olympia Reign Owner] Mark Felton approached me and asked if I was interested in playing and I jumped at the opportunity,” said Moore, “I was local college kid and Mark saw potential in me. All I have wanted to do since is make a name for us in this league.”

After playing at the NAIA level in college, Moore loves the challenge of the IBL where there are a variety of players who have played Divsion I, II, or overseas. “The talent of opposing players is huge for me I take it as a challenge every game to go out and compete and give nothing less than 100 % for my teammates and coaches,” said Moore who is more than holding his own averaging 17.3 points per game along with 7.5 rebounds. He was an IBL All-Star in 2010. “I’m not your typical jump shooter or post up guy. I've tried to establish an all-around game and not limit myself to just doing one thing well, but being capable of doing multiple things.”

Olympia is just 4-11 on the season, but Moore is hopeful for the rest of the season and for the future. “There is no quitting at the end of the day. I want us to be the most feared team because
of our versatility and speed,” said Moore, “I’m determined to make it happen even though we have fallen a bit.” With five games left on the schedule before the playoffs, Moore may just still get that chance and that would make Moore, and perhaps the new fan in the family, very happy.


Find out 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.


###
Copyright © 2012 *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp