Following a very successful start to his international career, Tampa Bay Rebels 2014 MVP Brandon Davis has been selected to play in the 2015 All Star game for the LNBP, the top league in Mexico.
Davis, who was chosen as the 2014 Rebels Team MVP, averaged 26 points per game, shooting 45.7% from behind the three-point line, with the Rebels last season while also pulling down 4.8 rebounds and averaging 2.1 steals per game. Davis currently leads the LNBP in both total points scored and three-point field goals.
Davis becomes the latest in a group of players from Coach Rojas’s organization who have had a major impact in FIBA basketball:
In 2010, forward Marcus Morrison, a native of St. Petersburg, traveled with the team to Cancun to play a series of games against professional teams. In 2012, Morrison was hired by Huracanes de Tampico in the LNBP in Mexico, where he was nominated to play in the All-Star Game and won the Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star festivities.
In 2008, former University of Tampa point guard Mark Borders played for Coach Rojas in the LNBP where he finished the season as the league’s assist leader. Following his time in Mexico, Borders went on to play in Brazil for four more years.
The first player to benefit from the efforts of Coach Rojas, however, was University of South Florida alumni Marlyn Bryant, who was an under the radar talent in 2007 when Coach Rojas gave the 6’4” guard an opportunity to gain footing on the international scene. That year, Bryant was hired in Mexico then played in Japan and Puerto Rico.
With the 2015 season right around the corner for the Rebels, the organization is already on the lookout for the next group of players who can make an international impact. “We have a number of prospects for 2015, and we are extending the search through tryouts and competitive games. Obviously, we are looking for talented players, but talent alone is not good enough for me. All of the players that we have supported in the past have had a professional approach to the game. Maturity and intelligence are also part of the equation,” Coach Rojas commented.
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