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Nix in the Pros: Rahmon Fletcher named league MVP and more

Posted by Brian Dickmann on May 5, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Former Green Bay star point guard Rahmon Fletcher has had a stellar two seasons playing in the British Basketball League.

Last season, he helped his Newcastle Eagles team win all 4 trophies available to BBL teams – the BBL Championship (regular season title), the BBL Playoff, and two in-season tournaments: the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy.

This year, while not as successful as a team – the Eagles did win the BBL Cup again this past January – Fletcher received the league’s highest individual accolade: BBL Championship MVP.

The 5’11” guard, who starred for Green Bay from 2007-2011, was named the league’s MVP while leading his team to a 28-5 record and a 2nd place finish in the Championship behind the Leicester Riders. He averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in the competition this season.

His 32 points and 9 assists were not enough in Newcastle’s Playoff quarterfinal loss to Cheshire Phoenix.

In addition to being named league MVP, Fletcher was also named the MVP of the BBL Cup Final in January after an 18 point, 4 assist, and 3 rebound performance in Newcastle’s 94-82 victory over Leicester.

Last season, he was named the MVP of the Playoff Final after scoring 23 points, dishing out 9 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds in the Eagles winning effort. He finished third in the league’s MVP voting last season after scoring 13.2 points per game to go along with 6.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds.

Fletcher ranks in the top ten in Green Bay history in career points (1,678), field goals made (633), field goals attempted (1,338), three point field goals made (150) and attempted (399), as well as assists (438). His 197 career steals rank 3rd in program history behind only Jordan Fouse and Terry Evans.

Alec Brown wrapping up first season in Spain

Alec Brown is nearing the end of his first full season of professional basketball with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in Spain.

After being drafted by the Suns in the 2nd round of the 2014 NBA Draft, Brown originally had intended on playing with the Spanish club last season to continue his development before a shoulder injury during the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League required surgery and an extended rehab stint. He eventually played 20 games for the Suns NBA D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam last season, averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 20 games.

This year, after missing the first four games of the season with a sprained ankle, Brown has been able to contribute. In 25 games, he is averaging 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.6 minutes of action. He has hit 58.2% of his shots from the floor, including an impressive 39.3% from beyond the arc.

Unfortunately, it has been a tough season for Obradoiro. The team is 8-22 with just four games remaining this season.

The 7’1” Brown finished his collegiate career fifth on Green Bay’s all-time scoring list with 1,796 career points, along with 800 career rebounds, and obliterated the school's blocked shots record finishing with an impressive 309 blocks in his career, tying the Horizon League record.

Bryquis Perine now playing in Sweden

Former Green Bay guard Bryquis Perine is a world traveler at this point.

The 6’3” guard has played in the Netherlands, Great Britain, Israel, Tunisia, and now has taken his talents to Umea, Sweden in the Swedish Basketligan.

After starting the season playing for Club Africain in Tunisia, Perine has appeared in 17 games for Umea and is averaging 13.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in 27.2 minutes of action. He’s hit over half of his shots from the floor (50.7%) and has knocked down 37.3% of his three point attempts.

He played last season for the Bristol Flyers of the British Basketball League and averaged 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

Perine appeared in 127 games for Green Bay from 2007-2011 and averaged 7.7 points, 2.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game in his Phoenix career.

Greg Mays off to a hot start in Australia

It’s been a quick start to the professional basketball career for Greg Mays down in Australia already.

The 6’9” former Phoenix forward has started all 7 games for the defending Southeast Australia Basketball League South division champion Albury Wodonga Bandits, though the team is off a 3-4 start to the season.

In 30.9 minutes per game, Mays is averaging 18.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting a blistering 60.4% from the floor.

The Bandits won the division last season but fell short in the Grand Final and are expected to make the playoffs again this season. The league schedule runs from April through August.

Mays scored 989 points in his Green Bay career and grabbed 526 rebounds in 122 games. He also blocked 108 shots during his time in a Phoenix uniform from 2011-2015.

First pro season in the books for Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes first professional basketball season is over after the Austin Spurs fell in the semi-finals of the NBA D-League playoffs.

Sykes attended training camp with the San Antonio Spurs this past fall after signing with the organization back in August and reported to camp in late October. He was cut by the big league club but chose to stay in the organization and join their minor league affiliate in Austin.

Prior to signing with the Spurs, he competed in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.

In his first season in Austin, Sykes appeared in all 50 games and made 37 starts during the regular season. He averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 31 minutes per game. He shot 44.6% from the floor and made 31.5% of his three point attempts. Austin won the Southwest Division and finished the regular season with a 30-20 record.

In the playoffs, Sykes stepped his game up in a big way. In 6 games, the point guard scored 18.2 points and dished out 3.0 assists, grabbed 3.0 rebounds, and had 1.3 steals in 36 minutes per game. He scored a career high 31 points in a series deciding game 3 victory over Rio Grande Valley in the first round of the playoffs.

The 5’11 Sykes finished his Green Bay career with 2,096 points, 2nd in school history behind only Tony Bennett. He averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in his four years as a starter. He was named Horizon League Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons.

Alfonzo McKinnie stuffs the stat sheet in Luxembourg

As far as wins and losses go, things did not go well for Alfonzo McKinnie and his East Side Pirates team. The Pirates were humbled to the tune of a 2-27 record in Luxembourg’s 2nd division of pro basketball.

Individually, however, McKinnie could really not have performed any better.

The 6’8” forward put up eye popping stats in his first season of professional basketball, scoring 26.4 points and grabbing 16.9 rebounds per game.

McKinnie, who played two seasons with the Phoenix during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, will continue his professional career next season but is unsure of where he will be playing.



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