If you checked in with me here at this blog for any length of time you'd know I'm particularly interested in professional basketball overseas as well as all things Cleveland Cavaliers related. As such, past blog posts have included updates on ex-Cavaliers currently playing professionally overseas such as Smush Parker, Ira Newble, Luke Jackson, and Damon Jones as well as guys like Christian Eyenga and Dru Joyce III. Additionally, when I got a chance to speak with Anthony Parker and Jawad Williams I asked them about their past experiences overseas, and most recently I've talked with Damon Jones, Qyntel Woods, and Trajan Langdon on that subject for stories posted over at SLAM Online.
In doing so, I was put in contact with former Northern Arizona University PG Josh Wilson, who just recently completed his rookie season overseas in Germany.
I started off asking Josh how the season went, and what it was like making the trek across the ocean to play in Germany, and then asked him if he'd be interested in putting together a series of blog posts talking about what it was like to 'hoop on foreign hardwoods' - per say - since while I can google people's names to see what teams they're on, and talk to them about it on occasion, I actually have no idea what it's like to play professional basketball. My basketball career, so you know, ended on a D-III college JV team. You didn't know D-III colleges had JV teams did you? I didn't either, until I realized they were for people who can't actually play on the D-III Varsity, yet for some reason want to go to college basketball practice everyday. But enough about me, because truth is Josh took me up on the offer and I'm excited to announce that he will be checking in with us going forward talking about who he is, how the season went, what the experience was like, and anything else he feels like talking about.
So while his first blog update is set to be posted tomorrow, I just wanted to briefly offer the following introduction on Josh Wilson:
Josh finished his career at Northern Arizona in 2009 as the school's All-Time Assists Leader, and despite an injury suffered during his senior season, he was able to rehab in time to play 30 games this past year in Germany. He averaged 14.5 points and 6 assists per game while playing for Erdgas Ehingen Urspringschule in Germany's Pro B League this past season. While he could have signed with the A-league team prior to the start of the year as a back-up for his first season, he chose to be the everyday point guard in the Pro B League instead. In the process, he led the team to a 20-10 record while additionally averaging 1.3 steals per game as well as shooting 50% from the field, and 41% from three-point range.
Check back in tomorrow for the first update from Josh Wilson...