|Posted by Brian Dickmann on May 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM|
What a first season in Great Britain it was for former Green Bay star Rahmon Fletcher.
Fletcher, the former Phoenix point guard from 2007-2011, just completed a campaign that saw his Newcastle Eagles team win all four of the British Basketball League’s possible trophies this season.
He joined the Newcastle side after spending several seasons playing professionally in the Netherlands.
In the BBL Cup, a single elimination tournament, they defeated the Glasgow Rocks 84-71 in the Final on January 11th. In the BBL Trophy competition, also a single elimination tournament, they beat the Leicester Riders 96-90 in the Final back on March 22nd.
Newcastle finished the regular season with a 31-5 record to win the Championship trophy and clinch the #1 seed in the Playoff. The Playoff Final took place Sunday at the O2 Arena in London and the Eagles were able to finish off a clean sweep of all four trophies by knocking off the London Lions 96-84 in front of nearly 15,000 fans.
Fletcher was named the MVP of the Final after scoring 23 points, dishing out 9 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds in the winning effort.
He finished third in the league’s Player of the Year voting this season, scoring 13.2 points per game to go along with 6.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds.
NKU officially on board
The Horizon League announced Monday that Northern Kentucky will officially join the conference this summer as the league’s 10th member. The Norse has played the past three seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
NKU still has one season remaining in their 4-year transition period from Division II to Division I, meaning they are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament this season. However, they will be allowed to compete in this year’s conference tournament. Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone said the conference will discuss at future league meetings how to handle who would receive the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid should the Norse win a championship in any of the conference’s sports this upcoming season.
LeCrone also said the league will go back to playing an 18 game conference schedule. This is good news as it likely will mean less non-Division 1 home games at the Resch Center this season. Green Bay hosted two non-Division I games this past season and three non-Divison I games the year prior.
Motor City Madness
Last Friday, the Horizon League announced that the conference tournament would be drastically changing.
Teams will no longer be playing games at campus sites, the regular season champion will no longer be hosting the quarterfinals and semi-finals, and the championship game will no longer be played at the highest remaining seed.
Instead, the conference announced a 5-year partnership with Olympia Entertainment to host the tournament in Detroit, Michigan. It will be played the next two years at Joe Louis Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, before moving into the brand new, state-of-the-art Red Wings arena that is currently under construction in downtown Detroit.
The Phoenix still have one scholarship remaining for the 2015 season. Here are the latest Green Bay recruiting rumors……6’7” forward Jamar Hurdle told Phear the Phoenix on Monday that he has committed to Green Bay…..Air Force transfer Matt Mooney, a 6’3” guard, recently received a scholarship offer from head coach Linc Darner according to Illinois Prep Bullseye's Roy Schmidt. He scored nearly 7 points per game this past season in the Mountain West Conference as a freshman. He has 3 years of eligibility remaining but must sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules….former De Pere point guard Jordan Poydras visited Green Bay on Monday. The 6’3” Poydras scored 20 points per game this past season as a junior at St. Cloud State, a Division II school in Minnesota. He has one year of eligibility remaining but also must sit out next season....Green Bay remains in the running for Purdue transfer Bryson Scott. The 6'1" guard is considering GB as well as his hometown IPFW, among others. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.