Badgers in the Pros Update

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The college basketball season has reached the midpoint of the season and the professional ranks are ramping up. Seems as good a time as any for an update on how former Badgers are doing.

Harris_Devin_Home_3.jpgThree former Wisconsin players call the NBA home right now: Devin Harris is in his seventh season in the NBA and second season with the Utah Jazz, while Jon Leuer (Milwaukee Bucks) and Greg Stiemsma (Boston Celtics) are in their rookie season.

Harris has started all nine games for the Jazz, who are 6-3 and currently riding a five-game winning streak. Harris is averaging 9.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Stiemsma has appeared in six games (one start) for the 4-4 Celtics. He made a splash with six blocks in his first-career game and followed it up with 13 points and seven rebounds in his first career start. The 6-11 center is averaging 3.7 points and 3.8 rebounds and ranks sixth in the NBA with 2.2 blocks per game.

Leuer has found a comfortable home in Milwaukee, appearing in all nine games for the Bucks. He averages 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes off the bench. He is scheduled to make his first career start Thursday night against Detroit.

20111227_Wolves_Bucks_0180_web.jpgSeveral other Badgers names that will ring a bell are playing professionally overseas.

Marcus Landry recently signed with the Shanghai Sharks and is promptly making big shots.

Keaton Nankivil has a new hairdo in Germany, but still has his sweet stroke. Check out video of this game-winning shot.

Tim Jarmusz is also playing in Germany (Gotha) for the first-place BIG Oettinger Rockets (hope you speak German).










Badgers in the NBA
                        NBA Team           UW Yrs
Devin Harris       Utah Jazz            2002-04
Jon Leuer          Milwaukee Bucks 2008-11
Greg Stiemsma  Boston Celtics     2005-08

Current Badgers Overseas
                              UW Years    Country         Team
Jason Chappell        2003-07       Austria          Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Tim Jarmusz            2008-11      Germany        Gotha Rockets
Joe Krabbenhoft       2006-09      Greece          Panellinios G.S.
Marcus Landry         2006-09      China            Shanghai Sharks
Zach Morley            2004-05      Ukraine          Budivelnyk Kyiv
Keaton Nankivil       2008-11       Germany        Ratiopharm Ulm
Ray Nixon               2003-06      Japan            Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa
Kirk Penney            2000-03      Spain            Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
Kammron Taylor      2004-07       Cyprus          Keravnos
Alando Tucker        2003-07        Spain            Gran Canaria
Mike Wilkinson       2002-05        Russia          Lokomotiv Kuban

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