With college basketball finally upon us this weekend, there isn’t a better time than now to take a look at former #MACtion stars who have taken their talents to the professional ranks. Without further ado, let’s take a gander at how they’re doing so far this season.
Richaun Holmes, F, Sixers (BGSU)
The former big man for the Falcons is off to a pretty good start for Philadelphia with 16.5 average minutes played this season with 8.3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Holmes already has as many starts as he had last season (one) and is shooting 70% from the floor in 2016-17, so he’s definitely making a case for even more playing time for the Sixers.
Maurice Ndour, F, Knicks (Ohio)
Ndour is still trying to find his way in the league, as he averaged 2.3 PPG and 1.7 RPG on 10.3 minutes per game over the course of three games. However, he’s been shooting at a 60% clip so New York’s at least getting some solid production off the bench from Ndour.
Karrington Ward, F, OKC Blue, D-League (EMU)
The former Eagle is getting ready for his second season in the D-League, although he only averaged 3.9 MPG in six games a season ago. However, Ward has an opportunity with a new team against the Spurs’ D-League team on November 13 so we’ll see if he can take the next step for the Blue.
Romeo Travis, F, Pollacanestro Cantu, Italy (Akron)
Travis is still doing the thing in 2016 in Italy, as he avereages 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds a night in three starts and five games played. He averaged 11 PPG in France a season ago, so we’ll have to see if the former Zip is able to turn it on later in the season.
Dru Joyce, G, Tsmoki-Minsk, Belarus (Akron)
Joyce, however, has been tearing it up this season in international basketball with 13.91 PPG, 6.82 APG, and 1.27 steals per game in 11 starts. He’s been shooting over 40% from three point range over the last seven games, he’s playing the most minutes he’s ever played during his professional career at 35.6 MPG.
Kyle Randall, G, KK Konstantin Nis, Serbia (CMU)
Randall has been playing some fired up basketball in Europe as he’s tallied 49 points in two games so far this season. He’s a tough guard to keep in check in Serbia with his average of 18 shot attempts per game, so he’s bound to have big numbers on the offensive end.
Julian Mavunga, F, Shiga Lakestars, Japan (Miami)
The former RedHawk has taken a long and winding road from the Indiana Pacers D-League team to the Shiga Lakestars of Japan. Mavunga has been able to have some success on the court as captain of the Lakestars with 17.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 4.6 assists per game, although the team has had some struggles to start their season.
D.J. Cooper, F, Pau Orthez, France (Ohio)
The former stud for the Bobcats is a stud abroad as well as he recorded a triple-double of 13 points, 11 assists, and 13 boards on October 5 against Gravelines Dunkerque. His team is off to a great start and Cooper nearly averages a triple-double a games with 17.8 points, 12.3 assists, and 8.3 boards per game.
Shayne Whittington, F, Rio Natura Monbus Obradoira CAB, Spain (WMU)
Whittington, who got released by the Pacers in the summer, is having some success in Spain with 11.1 PPG and 7.0 RPG. He’s shooting an absurd 66.7% from three point land, despite the team’s 2-5 record to start the season.