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Korean KBL Producing NBA Players - Jul 31, 2012


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"Money follows talent and talent follows money" Emily Claire Afan

As the economy in Europe teeters on the brink of collapse. the Asian markets have stabilized. During last years's NBA lockout, a record number of NBA players went to China, where the league didn't have a long established tradition, but the payments were more certain.

This year we examine the career path's of Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: CS San Bernar.) and Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin), who had eye-opening rookie seasons in the NBA after spending time in "The Land of the Morning Calm."

Neither Johnson nor Stiemsma were expected to make NBA teams. Johnson played at the NCAA2 level and Stiemsma was a backup at Wisconsin.

Both players went through the D-League and Korea. Both players will sign multi-million dollar contracts in the NBA this season.

Not too long ago, the KBL would have been considered a retirement league, a please for an older player to grab a few last checks before hanging up the shoes.

Now, with the success of "9 to 5" and "Stiemer," young players may seek KBL opportunities.

The KBL will no longer be overlooked. This year, ten players were selected in the 1st round of the KBL draft.

KCC Egis - Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Michigan) - VEF Riga (Latvia)
LG Sakers- Benson Rodrique (6'10''-F/C-84, college: California) - Dongbu (South Korea)
Goyang Orions - Terrence Leather (6'9''-C-81, college: S.Florida) - Foolad Mahan (Iran)/Mobis Phoebus (South Korea)
Samsung - Davis Bryan (6'9''-F-86, agency: N.E.T., college: Texas A&M) - Hebei (China)/Kryvbasbasket (Ukraine)
SK Knights - Haynes Aaron (6'7''-F-81, college: Boise St.) - LG Sakers (South Korea)
Mobis Phoebus - Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F-89) - Missouri (NCAA)
Sonic Boom KT - Darian Townes (6'10''-F/C-84) - Kormend (Hungary)
ET Land - Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) - Maccabi Haifa (Israel)
Dongbu Promy - Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) - Maccabi Rishon (Israel)
Anyang KGC - Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) - Wichita State (NCAA)

Two rookies, Garrett Stutz and Ricardo Ratliffe, took the KBL leap of faith.
From this draft, it would not be a surprise to see Stutz, Ratcliffe, or Davis Bryan get an NBA shot.

The NBA follows talent and money!  



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