Overseas Cougar hoopers make waves

IVORY CLARK and Kyle Weaver, key members of NCAA tournament teams at Washington State, have applied their winning touch overseas. They are two of a plethora of old Cougs hooping it up these days in foreign lands.

Clark helped Szolknok capture the regular-season and playoff titles in Hungary's top pro league. Clark made the all-defensive team and honorable mention all-league after averaging 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

Weaver, who briefly returned to the NBA late in the season with Utah after spending most of the season in the NBA Development League, joined Charleroi late in the season in Belgium's top league. He averaged 7.5 points, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals as Charleroi claimed the regular-season and playoff championships.

   Taylor Rochestie, another key performer with NCAA tournament experience at Washington State, helped ALBA advance to the title game in Germany's top league before losing Saturday to the Brose Baskets, 72-65. Rochestie averaged 8.7 points, 3.9 assists and 0.8 steals. He started the season in Turkey.

Yet another top player off the Cougars' NCAA tourney squads, Derrick Low, struggled in Israel. His Maccabi Haifa team finished ninth in a 10-team league, and he averaged just 5.5 points and 1.6 assists in league play.

   Thomas Abercrombie, a bit player in his only season at WSU, was named most valuable player of the National Basketball League playoffs after leading the New Zealand Breakers to the title. Abercrombie, who played on New Zealand's national team last year, averaged 10.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in the Australia-based NBL.

   Marcus Moore, who began the season in Hungary, eventually returned to his former league in Mexico and again dominated. He averaged 23.8 points (eighth) and 2.0 assists (second) for Culiacan, which advanced to the league semifinals.

Thomas Kelati, playing for Khimky in Russia's top league, also made it to the league semis. He averaged 9.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

   Aron Baynes averaged 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots in Germany's No. 1 league.

Nikola Koprivica, who starred in his native Serbia early in the season, averaged 6.5 points in 10 games for the last-place Iraklis in Greece's best league.

Mac Hopson and Josh Akognon, two guards who wound up transferring from WSU, enjoyed banner seasons.

Hopson,, who finished his college career at Idaho, made the all-league second team in Japan. He averaged 21.3 points, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals, then jumped at a better offer late in the season (not uncommon in foreign pro leagues) and averaged 21.1 points. 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals in Argentina's top league. His team lost in the league semis.

Akognon made all-league third team in China after coming in fifth in scoring with 29.2 ppg. The former Cal State-Fullerton standout made it to the league semis with DongGuam. Jeff Varem, meanwhile, joined Anyang in the South Korean League at midseason and averaged 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 25 games

Ezenwa Ukeagu bounced from France to Germany to Hungary. He averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in six games at his last stop, a 1-25 team in Hungary.

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