July 6, 2010
EAVES PLAYING WITH ENGLISH NATIONAL TEAM VERSUS LITHUANIA
Ben Eaves is playing with the English senior national team this summer and is preparing for two games with Lithuania on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7 ( preview).
Eaves returned home to his native England on June 25-27 for a training camp and two games against Scotland. Both the camp and the games were held at the University of Worcester, located in the West Midlands of England (map).
In a 67-57 win over Scotland in day one (June 26), Eaves played 18 minutes off the bench, recording six points and three rebounds. In game two versus Scotland (June 27), the 6-7 senior earned the start and tallied five points, five rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes of action.
Eaves joins six other NCAA Division I student-athletes, including Ogo Adegboye of St. Bonaventure and Morakinyo Williams, previously of Duquesne.
England head coach Paul James said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the most talented English players who have either excelled at Under-20 level or are on the fringes of making the GB squad. There is no substitute for playing in international competition and exposing these players to competition of this type can only be good for English and British basketball."
BARON TO PLAY FOR PORTLAND IN NBA SUMMER LEAGUE
Former Rhode Island guard Jimmy Baron will play with the Portland Trail Blazers summer league team (Official Release), from July 11-18, in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Baron, who played professionally in Turkey during the 2009-10 season, averaged 16.4 points per game for Mersin, connecting on 53.3% of his shots from the floor - including 43.4% from beyond the 3-point line.
"Portland showed a lot of interest in me last summer and throughout this past season in Turkey," Baron said before heading to Portland for the start of the team's practice on July. 7. "I am really looking forward to working with their coaches and playing in the Vegas Summer League."
The Blazers open up play on Sunday, July 11 against the Houston Rockets and all NBA Summer League games can be seen live on NBA TV.
BARON ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES
Two members of the Rhode Island men's basketball staff have resigned to pursue other professional ventures, it was announced by head coach Jim Baron.
Momir Gajic, who served as an assistant coach for two season, and former URI guard and director of basketball operations Randy Brooks have left the program.
"We wish Momir and Randy the best of luck," Baron said. "Both were valued members of our program and we will begin to search for their replacements immediately."