Players from Michigan continue to clean up in EuroBasket awards

May 31, 2012 in Cover Story, Professional

By Patrick Hayes

The state of Michigan has already produced two league MVPs in pro leagues overseas this season — J’Nathan Bullock in Iceland and Thad McFadden in the Czech Republic.

William Hatcher was named Guard of the Year in Cyprus and even more Michiganders have raked in recognitions as more EuroBasket awards have been announced over the last two weeks. Here’s a rundown:

- Joe Crawford, a Detroit native, was named Import Player of the Year in Israel. He plays for Maccabi Rishon and averaged 19.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Crawford was also named to the all-league second team.

He undoubtedly had a chance at more awards, but unfortunately, a serious knee injury ended Crawford’s season and temporarily put his career on hold. There was reported interest in Crawford by NBA teams prior to his injury, so hopefully he’s able to come back 100 percent healthy next season.

- Johnathon Jones, an Okemos grad and four-year starter for Oakland University, made the all-league first team for Komarno in the Slovakian League. Jones averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 53 percent and 41 percent from 3-point range. He also was named to the all-imports team.

- Rod Brown, a former Western Michigan standout, made the all-league second team in Switzerland. Brown, who plays for the Lugano Tigers, averaged 11.8 points and 6.0 assists per game this season.

- JuJuan Cooley, a Flint Southwestern grad who played at Indiana Tech, made the all-league second team, the all-defense team and the all-imports team playing for Targu Mures in Romania. Cooley averaged 13.6 points and 6.2 assists per game this season.