|Posted by Brian Dickmann on November 8, 2015 at 9:10 PM|
Former Green Bay star Alec Brown made his 2015 season debut on Saturday for Obradoiro in Spain’s Liga ACB. The 7’ 1” center is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered back in September that caused him to miss the team’s first four games.
Brown played only four minutes in Obradoiro’s 81-68 victory over last place Gipuzkoa, grabbing 2 rebounds and missing his only shot attempt from the floor.
"It was brief, but I felt really good,” Brown told Spanish newspaper La Vas de Galicia. “I thank coach for giving me this chance to play because he knew I wasn’t 100%. Still, I went in and I could contribute my bit for the team, which was fantastic."
Once healthy, he is expected to play a large role this season as one of only two 7-footers on the Obradoiro roster.
"The ankle is almost healed," Brown said. "I think that in a few weeks I’ll end up recovering all back into shape. The first thing you have to do is be productive and play well to earn those minutes. I have to keep working and giving my best."
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 Las Vegas Summer League required surgery and an extended rehab stint. He would eventually play 20 games for the Suns NBA D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam, averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 20 games.
According to the newspaper, Brown received a warm reception when he entered the game.
"I love these people," Brown said. "The fans are incredible. It's different for me, a new atmosphere. It’s really fantastic."
Obradoiro (3-2) next faces league leading FC Barcelona (5-0) on Sunday.
Other former Green Bay players playing professionally include Keifer Sykes (NBA D-League: Austin Spurs), Rahmon Fletcher (Great Britain: Newcastle Eagles), Alfonzo McKinnie (Luxembourg: East Side Pirates), and Bryquis Perine (Tunisia: Club Africain).
Fouse makes top defensive list
Green Bay fans are well aware of the defensive prowess of 6’ 7” forward Jordan Fouse. The senior has been named to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive Team in each of his first three seasons and has ranked in the conference’s top five in rebounds, steals, and blocks each season as well.
Over the summer, one national writer also took note of that prowess. Fouse was named to Bleacher Report’s list of Top Defensive Stoppers in College Basketball, ranking #9 on Brian Pederson’s list.
Fouse has a very realistic chance of finishing his Phoenix career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder. He enters the season 6th all-time with 734 and needs 213 to reach Dennis Woelffer’s mark of 947 set back in 1973. Fouse has grabbed at least 232 rebounds each of his three years, including a Green Bay freshman record 268 during the 2012-2013 season.
Fouse also has a chance to become the Phoenix all-time leader in career steals. He currently has 187 which places him third in the record book behind Rahmon Fletcher (197) and Terry Evans (237).
He is already 2nd in program history in career blocks with 134 but unlikely to surpass Alec Brown, who tied the Horizon League record two seasons ago with 309.
He also is just 24 appearances away from cracking Green Bay’s top ten list for most games played.
Fouse was named to the Horizon League’s preseason First Team All-League last month along with Khalil Felder (Oakland), Alec Peters (Valparaiso), Matt Tiby (Milwaukee), and Paris Bass (Detroit).
Latest on recruiting:
Green Bay’s two verbal commitments for the 2016 recruiting class can officially sign their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday when the NCAA’s early signing period begins. But while the available scholarships for the 2016 class may be gone, recruiting continues for future classes.
Head coach Linc Darner recently offered a scholarship to 6’5” wing Ryan Krueger, a junior at nearby Hortonville High School.
The class of 2017 recruit averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore, including an impressive 50/117 (42.7%) shooting from beyond the arc. His WisSports.net player profile says Krueger is a “stellar perimeter shooter with excellent size and length.”
Besides Green Bay, he also holds a scholarship offer from UWM.
Another player the Phoenix recently offered is 2019 prospect Joseph Yesufu. The high school freshman from Bolingbrook, Illinois is expected to contribute on the varsity team this season.
The scholarship offer is Yesufu’s first and the first class of 2019 prospect that the Phoenix have extended a scholarship offer. Green Bay has also offered a scholarship to his Bolingbrook teammate Nana Akenten, a 2017 prospect.
The Phoenix have at least six available scholarships to offer for class of 2017 recruits and three scholarships for class of 2018 recruits.
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