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Pirates Overseas: Keon Lawrence in Arctic Circle, Rimantas Kaukenas in Italy

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Nick Laham

Most European basketball leagues are now in full swing, so I thought it would be appropriate to update you on how recently graduated Pirates as well as some forgotten names are doing overseas. If I missed someone or made an error, feel free to leave a correction in the comment section or shoot me an email.

2014 class:

Eugene Teague: The Dancing Bear is averaging 9 ppg and 7.3 rpg (2.7 Orpg) for ALM Evreux of France's Pro B league. Hopefully his club is feeding the Teague enough French delicacies.

Patrik Auda: Despite an impressive breakthrough into the Czech Republic national team this summer, Auda is off to a lukewarm start in Poland with Polfarmex Kutno. Pat has 5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in limited action (16.5 mpg, 2 games) thus far.

Aaron Geramipoor: It looks like AG has a chance to work his way up the European basketball ladder after a hot start for the pro division of the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain's third tier league. Aaron is averaging 16.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg over his first three games.

Fuquan Edwin: After a mutual termination of his contract with Serie A club Pistoia and a brief work out with the San Antonio Spurs, Edwin has not found a club (to my knowledge) for the 2014-15 season.

Brian Oliver: The three-point specialist had signed on with Macedonian club K.K. Kumanovo but has not played in their first two games of the season.

Tom Maayan: Seton Hall's former pass-first point guard has not seen much of the court for Israel's Hapoel Jerusalem over their first few games in Israel's top flight (Israeli Winners League) and Euro League competition.

Bobby Gonzalez guys:

Jeremy Hazell: The former volume scorer is averaging 14 ppg over his first two games for Granarolo Bologna in Italy's Serie A.

Keon Lawrence: Talk about obscure. Keon is literally playing within the Arctic circle for Norwegian club Tromso. Based on pictures, the city of Tromso is absolutely beautiful, though it doesn't see the sun from November 21st - January 21st. Lawrence is averaging 24.3 ppg for his team over the first three games of the season.

Robert Mitchell: While "Stix" was ultimately a black eye for the Seton Hall basketball program, he has found some success in Morocco. After averaging 21 ppg, 6 rpg, and 4 apg for As de Sale, the best team in Morocco last season, he has signed an extension for 2014-15.

Herb Pope: Another former player that doesn't exactly exube Catholic values is Herb Pope. The power forward has signed with Netanya of the Israeli National League (second tier in Israel) for the 2014-15 season, which starts in a week.

John Garcia: Amazingly one of Seton Hall's most well-liked players is still playing professionally despite being hobbled by knee injury after knee injury. Garcia averages 2.3 ppg and 6 rpg in 11.7 mpg for Lanus Buenos Aires of Argentina's Liga A.


Samuel Dalembert (1999-2001): Seton Hall's lone player in the NBA has switched teams for the fifth time since his 8-year career (2001-10) with the Philadelphia 76ers. Dalembert is averaging 6 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.5 bpg for the New York Knicks over their first four preseason games.

Rimantas Kaukenas (1996-2000): Equally as astonishing as John Garcia is 37-year-old Rimantas Kaukenas, who is playing at a high level in Italy's Serie A for Grissin Bon RE. Kaukenas is averaging 14.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 36 mpg. His team will face Jeremy Hazell's on November 30th.

Levell Sanders (1997-98): Unfortunately, or fortunately, we're not sure, Levell has Rimantas beat by a year in longevity. At 38-years-young, he is playing in the Czech Republic's top flight for BK JIP Pardubice, averaging 8.8 ppg and 5 apg. The former Pirate should link up with Patrik Auda, as he has played for four teams in the Czech Republic now.

A list of Pirates who played as recently as the 2013-14 season but are not listed on rosters: Paul Gause (England, Newcastle Jets), Brian Laing (Brazil, Minas), Eniel Polynice (Argentina, Sionista), Jordan Theodore (Domican Republic, Huracanes PP), Donald Copeland (Puerto Rico, Quebradillas)