Jan. 10, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina men's basketball team will host its annual alumni reunion this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 as the Catamounts host the Furman Paladins in the Ramsey Center.
The weekend of festivities gets underway on Friday afternoon as reunion attendees will be invited to the Catamounts' final practice session prior to Saturday's game. Then, at 7:30 pm in the Ramsey Center, former Catamount greats from the past will lace-up for an Alumni Basketball game.
On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, reunion guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Catamount locker, team and film rooms and auxiliary gymnasium, followed by a tour of the ever evolving Cullowhee campus. Participants will then be the special guests of the Catamount Club's "Purple Zone" hospitality event held in the first floor Hospitality Room in the Ramsey Center beginning at 12:30 pm ahead of the 2:00 pm tip-off against Southern Conference-foe, Furman.
Among those former players who have said they will be returning this weekend include Hall of Fame members Ronald Rogers, Greg Wittman, Gaston Seal, Bob Ray, Harris Pryor and Darrell Murray. Recent graduates Jake Robinson and Brandon Giles, as well as current WCU assistant coaches Anquell McCollum, Eric Wilson and Brigham Waginger will all be in Cullowhee this weekend.
For more information - or for former players to RSVP - for the 2012 Catamount Men's Basketball Reunion, please contact Jeremiah Fisher of the Catamount Club at (828) 227-3047 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost of participating in the reunion is $20 and includes a ticket to Saturday's game, as well as admission to the Purple Zone.
This week leading up to the men's basketball alumni reunion, CatamountSports.com will catch-up with several of the former Catamount student-athletes currently playing professionally both overseas in European leagues and in Canada. Currently, there are six former WCU basketball players playing professional basketball including five internationally and Kevin Martin
in the NBA.
Two of WCU's most recent men's basketball graduates Richie Gordon and Mike Williams have both taken their games "across the pond," and are currently playing professionally in Europe.
Gordon is a rookie for the Worcester Wolves in British Basketball League (BBL) in the UK. He signed with the squad in mid-August of 2011 and reported for camp on September 10. Gordon has been named to the BBL Team of the Week four times through the first 14 weeks of the season including three coming during the month of December when he was voted the BBL Player of the Month - a team first in Worcester's 12-year team history. He has posted professional career highs of 34 points and 16 rebounds this year.
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The Atlanta, Ga., native is currently averaging 20.3 points per game to rank third on the team while also averaging 9.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Worchester currently ranks second in the BBL behind the Newcastle Eagles.
Last year in Cullowhee, Gordon was named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year following his senior campaign, averaging a career-best 10.2 points per game in 2010-11. He amassed 120 career blocked shots to rank second in the WCU record books only behind Rans Brempong who swatted 308 from 2001-05.
Williams signed with the Politekhnika-Halychyna to play in the Ukraine-Superleague in mid-December of 2011. To date, he has played in four games averaging eight points, 3.3 rebounds and two steals per game.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Williams averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists per game with a SoCon-leading 2.0 steals per game as a senior for the Catamounts last season. He earned a variety of post-season awards including being named All-Southern Conference, SoCon All-Tournament team and picked up NCCSIA University Division All-State accolades. He additionally garnered All-District 22 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for 2011.
During his two-year Catamount career, Williams averaged 12.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, dishing out 197 assists and swiping 111 steals for the Purple & Gold.