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August 2, 2013HoyaReport.com has been all over the Basketball Alumni Legends League, reporting on the newbie competition's first two games. See these links for those articles - DC vs. MD and DC vs NC.
Photos have also been a part of our coverage. Shots: The-Ball DC vs MD documents that game, while a new one, Shots: The-Ball DC vs NC non-Hoyas does the same for many of those players who participated in that game. For photos of Hoyas Henry Sims and Austin Freeman in DC vs NC play, see our Premium Court message board.
These non-Hoyas are included in Shots: The-Ball DC vs NC non-Hoyas; Tony Taylor, Curtis Withers, Brett Blizzard, Reyshawn Terry, Marcus Ginyard, D'Angelo Alexander, Jai Lewis, Mike Hall, Vlad Moldoveanu and Folarin Campbell.
We also caught up with several players, which are featured below.
Marcus Ginyard - The former UNC National Champion tallied 12 points and eight rebounds last night for NC's Ball Stars, displaying his trademark athleticism and an improved shooting touch. Before the game, Ginyard identified the latter is a point of focus and pride, saying of his perimeter scoring "The jumper is working, getting better and better every year".
Having graduated UNC in 2010, Ginyard has played professionally in Germany, Israel, and last year Poland. Of Anvil Wloclawek, his Polish team, he noted "It was a blessed opportunity to improve my game", while also noting the local, Wloclawek, about two hours northwest from Warsaw was "cold".
This year, there is a chance Ginyard could end up in the Ukraine.
He's a Tarheel through and through and is still close to the program, having just returned from Chapel Hill just before game time. Ginyard did share "Unfortunately I suffered that injury (left foot stress fracture)" that precluded his play during the 'Heel's 2009-2009 National Championship, yet summed "It went well", then citing that 'chip and "back to back Final Fours" as highlights.
Prior to the University of North Carolina, the 6'5", 215 pound G/F had success locally at Bishop O'Connell, where he cited unofficial win/loss stats of "116-32". During his four year stay there Ginyard indicated O'Connell was "the best team in the area", despite a singular Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title - WCAC fire still burns in his eyes.
Few know his older brother Ron, has played a significant role in Marcus' development. "It's been great to have not only a brother, but another coach" in his life, noted the younger Ginyard. Ron, who has coached at O'Connell, Columbia, Citadel and Niagra, is now head guy at local private school St. Stephen's/ St. Agnes, one of the up and coming DMV programs.
Tony Taylor - During The-Ball play, Taylor, a former GW point guard, has distinguished himself as likely the best lead man participating, as he finds people and scores, while remaining under control. Having just signed with Poland's PGE Turow franchise, he shared afterward "I'm trying to be more of a scorer, while being a facilitator".
His confidence is through the roof, having played for the NBA D-League's Tulsa 66'ers last season, dropping 11.2 points, 2 rebounds and 5.2 dimes a contest. Interestingly enough, his playoff scoring increased last season for the 66'ers.
Taylor, a graduate of GW in 2012, also joined the Miami Heat's summer league team this year, which he dubbed "a great time". While there, the 6'1", 185 point guard he earned four starts in five contests.
Curtis Withers - In South Korea last year, Withers, an '06 graduate of UNC-Charlotte continued a pro odyssey which also includes stops in Europe and Taiwan. He hopes to return to Asia this upcoming season.
A strong player that is not adverse to driving or posting, Withers is aggressive, and seemed to enjoy his head up battle with former Georgetown center Henry Sims; the two took turns dunking, with Withers initiating it by rising over Sims' shoulder to do so.
When asked about he and Sims' competition within a competition, Withers, standing 6'8" and 230 pounds laughed, saying "We didn't see Georgetown in college", which fueled his desire to challenge Sims.
Withers went on to note "I've played with or against most of these guys" and "It's a small world in basketball". That's true, in more ways than one.
Rumor - Folarin Campbell could return to Europe next year.