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An update on how our former basketball Deacs are doing in their professional careers

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We here at Blogger So Dear haven't done an update on our Deacons in the NBA and other pro leagues in a while, so I thought I would write one now.

Note: Players with * next to their name attended Wake Forest, but finished their college careers at another institution.

Just for fun, play this old NBA on NBC theme while you read this article:

Deacons in the NBA

Chris Paul

Paul is in his 13th season, and his first as the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets.

He has missed several games with both a knee injury and right adductor strain.

In 21 games this season he is averaging 17.2 points, 9.3 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. Chris is shooting 45.2% from the field, 40% from three, and 92.4% from the free throw line.

Paul has helped lead the Rockets to a 27-11 record so far this season, good for 2nd in the Western Conference.

Below are some highlights of his first few games from his time in Houston.

Jeff Teague

Teague is in his ninth season and his first as the starting point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Teague has missed several games with a sprained left knee.

In 31 games this season he is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 34.2 minutes per game. Jeff is shooting 44.7% from the field, 37.5% from three, and 82.5% from the free throw line.

Teague has helped lead the Timberwolves’ impressive turn around this season, with a 25-16 record, good for 4th best in the Western Conference.

Below are highlights from one of his early games in Minnesota.

James Johnson

Johnson is in his ninth season in the league and his second with the Miami Heat.

He has 11 starts in 31 games and is averaging 10.7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 0.7 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game. James is shooting 49.4% from the field, 33.8% from three, and 72.4% from the free throw line.

Johnson has helped lead the Heat to a 22-17 record, good for fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Below are highlights from his first season with the Heat last year.

Al-Farouq Aminu

Aminu is in his eight season in the league, and his third as a starter, mostly at power forward, for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aminu has missed several games this season due to hamstring and ankle injuries.

He has 23 starts in 25 games and is averaging 9.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game in 30.2 minutes per game this season. Al-Farouq is shooting 41.5% from the field, 40.8% from three, and 70.4% from the free throw line.

Aminu has helped lead the Trail Blazers to a 20-18 record, good for 7th best in the Western Conference.

Below are highlights from his best game this season.

Ish Smith

Smith is in his eighth season in the league and his second with the Detroit Pistons.

He has 5 starts in 38 games and is averaging 9.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 0.6 steals per game in 21.3 minutes per game this season. Ish is shooting 46.4% from the field and 71.7% from the free throw line.

Smith has helped lead the Pistons to a 21-17 record, which is tied for the 6th best record in the Eastern Conference.

Below are highlights from one of his best games this season.

John Collins

Collins is a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks, and was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Collins missed 3 weeks and several games in December with a shoulder injury.

He has 4 starts in 32 games this season and is averaging 11 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 0.8 steals in 22.8 minutes per game this season. He is shooting 57.8% from the field and 71.9% from the free throw line.

John’s numbers could be much higher, but he continues to struggle with foul trouble. He has been featured on many highlight reels for some of the top dunks this season.

The Hawks are in full rebuild mode with the worst record in the league at 10-28, but Collins figures to be a centerpiece on the team in the next few years.

Below are highlights from a game in which John had four monstrous dunks.

*Tyler Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh is also a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks, and signed as an undrafted free agent with the team during the offseason.

He has split time this season between the Hawks and their G-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

Tyler has one start in 29 games this season, and is averaging 5.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 14.1 minutes per game. He is shooting 48.2% from the field, 37.7% from three, and 76.5% from the free throw line.

Below are highlights from his best game so far in his NBA career.

Deacons Overseas

*Arnaud William Adala Moto

Adala Moto plays for CB Clavijo of the Spanish LEB Gold League after graduating from Towson in 2017.

He has 9 starts in 15 games this season, and is averaging 9.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 21 minutes per game. Arnaud is shooting 48% from the field, 30.8% from three, and 86.1% from the free throw line.

Austin Arians

Arians plays for BC Khimik Yuzhny in the Ukraine Superleague after graduating from Wake Forest in 2017.

He has 21 starts in 22 games this season, and is averaging 9.5 points, 3.86 rebounds, 1.55 assists, and 1.09 steals in 26.2 minutes per game. Austin is shooting 39.3% from the field, 35.1% from three, and 82.9% from the free throw line.

Chris Ellis

Ellis is a 2006 Wake Forest graduate, and plays for Mineros de Zacatecas of the Mexican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.

He has 2 starts in 2 games this season, and is averaging 5 points, a team-high 9.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 steals in 22.6 minutes per game. Chris is shooting 57.1% from the field, has not attempted a three, and has made both of his free throw attempts.

Justin Gray

Gray is a 2006 Wake Forest graduate, and plays for U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca of the Romanian Division A League.

He has 1 start in 18 games this season, and is averaging 4.25 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.08 assists, and 0.56 steals in 11.2 minutes per game. Justin is shooting 35.3% from the field, 30.8% from three, and 75% from the free throw line.

Below are highlights from one of Gray’s best games last season.

C.J. Harris

Harris is a 2013 Wake Forest graduate, and plays for Sakarya Buyuksehir Basketbol of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi.

He has 13 starts in 13 games this season and is averaging 10.92 points, 3 rebounds, 2.31 assists, and 0.85 steals in 29.3 minutes per game. CJ is shooting 44.8% from the field, 38.1% from three, and 77.4% from the free throw line.

Below are highlights from one of CJ’s best games as a pro:

Jamaal Levy

Levy is a 2005 graduate of Wake Forest, and plays for Weber Bahia Estudiantes of the Argentinian Liga A.

He has played in 2 games this season, and is averaging 12.5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block in 23 minutes per game. Jamaal is shooting 90.9% from the field, has made both of his three point attempts, and is one of two from the free throw line.

Below are some highlights and an interview with Jamaal, though unless you speak fluent Spanish you likely won’t understand the interview:

Travis McKie

McKie is a 2014 Wake Forest graduate, and now plays for Al Moutahed Tripoli of the Lebanese Division A.

He has 3 starts in 3 games this season, and is averaging 15.33 points, 4.67 rebounds, and 1.67 steals in 26.6 minutes per game. Travis is shooting 34.2% from the field, 27.8% from three, and 83.3% from the free throw line.

Below is a dunk by Travis during a Lebanese Division A game.

Nikita Mescheriakov

Mescheriakov is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest, and now plays for Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarus of the Baltic Basketball League.

He has 23 starts in 24 games this season, and is averaging 6.92 points, 3.42 rebounds, 1.21 assists, and 0.46 steals in 21.7 minutes per game. Nikita is shooting 50.8% from the field, 45% from three, and 50% from the free throw line.

Codi Miller-McIntyre

Miller-McIntyre is a 2016 graduate of Wake Forest, and now plays for Parma Basket Perm of the VTB United League in Russia.

He has 13 starts in 14 games this season, and is averaging 15.14 points, 7.07 assists, 5.86 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 32.4 minutes per game. Codi is shooting 47.6% from the field, 32.2% from three, and 68% from the free throw line.

Below are highlights from one of Codi’s games last year:

Dinos Mitoglou

Mitoglou left Wake Forest after his junior year in 2017, and signed with Panathinaikos of the Euroleague in his home country of Greece.

He has 3 starts in 11 games, and is averaging 4.27 points, 3.27 rebounds, 0.64 assists, 0.18 steals, and 0.18 blocks in 13.4 minutes per game. Dinos is shooting 42.9% from the field, 33.3% from three, and 68.4% from the free throw line.

Below is Dinos’ welcome video by Panathinaikos:

*Aaron Rountree III

Rountree is a 2016 graduate of Iona, and now plays for ASA Koroivos Amaliadas of the Greek HEBA A1 League.

He has 9 starts in 10 games this season, and is averaging 4.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1 assist in 26.8 minutes per game. Aaron is shooting 27.3% from the field, 22.2% from three, and 66.7% from the free throw line.

Below are Rountree’s 2016-17 season highlights:

*Jamie Skeen

Skeen is a 2011 graduate of VCU, and now plays for Kouvot of the Finnish Korisliiga.

He has 3 starts in 21 games this season, and is averaging 11.86 points, 5.43 rebounds, 1.33 assists, 0.57 steals, and 0.38 blocks in 21.6 minutes per game. Jamie is shooting 45.7% from the field, 38.3% from three, and 69.1% from the free throw line.

Below are highlights of Skeen’s career:

Devin Thomas

Thomas is a 2016 Wake Forest graduate, and now plays for RETAbet Bilbao Basket of the Spanish ACB League.

He has 2 starts in 10 games this season, and is averaging 8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1 assist, and 1 block in 15.8 minutes per game. Devin is shooting 66.7% from the field and 67.9% from the free throw line.

*Andre Washington

Washington is a 2017 graduate of East Carolina, and now plays for Raptors 905, the NBA G-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors.

He has 4 starts in 16 games this season, and is averaging 2.12 points, 1.19 rebounds, and 0.38 blocks in 5.6 minutes per game. Andre is shooting 44.8% from the field and 66.7% from the free throw line.

David Weaver

Weaver is a 2010 Wake Forest graduate, and now plays for Aykon TED Kolejliler Ankara of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi.

He has 14 starts in 17 games this season, and is averaging 15.59 points, 8.53 rebounds, 1.12 assists, 0.59 steals, and 0.59 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. David is shooting 55.9% from the field, 36.4% from three, and 70.5% from the free throw line.

Eric Williams

Williams is a 2006 Wake Forest graduate, and currently plays for Les Lions de Geneve of Switzerland’s Ligue Nationale de Basket.

“BIG E” (as Wake fans affectionately remember him) has 5 starts in 9 games, and is averaging 10.67 points, 4.22 rebounds, and 0.44 blocks in 20.1 minutes per game. Eric is shooting 64.4% from the field and 41.9% from the free throw line.

L.D. Williams

Williams is a 2010 graduate of Wake Forest, and currently plays for Torpan Pojat Helsinki of the First Division of Finland.

He has 13 starts in 13 games this season, and is averaging 17.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.5 points in 31.3 minutes per game. No percentages are available for this portion of his career at this time.

Below are some highlights from last year, and yes he can still dunk!

Coron Williams

Williams is a 2014 Wake Forest graduate, and now plays for the Greensboro Swarm, who are the G-League affiliate of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

He has 1 start in 10 games this season, and is averaging 3.8 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 0.7 steals in 12.7 minutes per game. Coron is shooting 39.4% from the field, 30.4% from three, and 71.4% from the free throw line.

Below are some of Coron’s highlights from the G-League:

As you can see, Wake Forest has done a nice job of producing pro basketball players recently. Hope you enjoy this look into their seasons. GO DEACS!!!