Foreign Study: Hoosiers in Pro Leagues Overseas

A Reminder of Better Times for the Hoosiers - USA TODAY Sports

To compliment AJ's post this morning, I've checked in on how former Hoosiers from the 2012-13 team are doing in their leagues in Israel, Poland, and Malta. Major credit to Eurobasket.com and @ProBallHoosiers for most of this information.

While Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were getting their feet wet in the NBA, last year’s IU seniors have had a chance to play ball overseas, and by all accounts had successful seasons.

Christian Watford (Twitter: @Cwat205)

The guy who will always be known for The Wat Shot has now found a home playing in Israel. Watford is playing for Hapoel Eliat, a team that currently sits in fourth place in the Israel Winners League with an 18-10 record, and has a mix of American and Israeli players. Watford is seeing a good amount of playing time, as he is averaging about 27 minutes on the court per game. Watford makes 10.2 points per game and 5.4 assists. Much like during his time at IU, Watford is proving yet again to be a key contributor in Israel. Today, Hapoel Eliat played its last regular season game, against Bnei Hertzeliyya. 

Jordan Hulls (Twitter: @JordanHulls1)

For the first time in his career, Jordan Hulls is playing outside of Bloomington. He’s now in Poland, and starting for Energa Czarni, a team in the top Polish league. Hulls averages 9.6 points per game, and continues to be a weapon from the perimeter, having hit 42.1 percent of his three-point shots. Over the weekend, Hulls scored 22 points and went 4-5 from three in a playoff victory for his team. Hulls’ sister, Kaila, is following in her brother’s footsteps, as she plays on the IU women’s basketball team for coach Curt Miller, who originally recruited her for his old school, Bowling Green.

Derek Elston (Twitter: @Dsol32)

Last but not least, we turn to Derek Elston, who played this season for Floriana Basketball Club in Malta, a tiny island country in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy. While individual stats for the Malta Basketball Association are harder to find than for Israel or Poland, an article on the IU athletics website back in February stated that the Tipton native was averaging 26.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Those are pretty awesome numbers, but according to the club’s Facebook page, Elston's stint in Malta is over for the time being, and he will soon be returning to the States.

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