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Mike James made the All-EuroLeague Second Team

10/05/2019
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He won the scoring championship, named after the Great Alphonso Ford. Now, Mike James made the All-EuroLeague second team along Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow), Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes), Walter Tavares (Real Madrid) and Vincent Poirier (Baskonia). Kostas Sloukas (Fenerbahce), Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce), Nick Calathes (Panathinaikos), Will Clyburn (CSKA Mosca) and Brandon Davies (Zalgiris) made the first team. Keith Langford in 2014 was the last Olimpia player to make the All-EuroLeague teams. Just like James, he was the league leading scorer. Mike James finished the season with 19.8 points per game, he was the best in the index rating (20.2), the second best in assists (6.37) and fifth in steals.

JAMES’ SEASON FOR THE AGES – Against Khimki Moscow, he made the three free throws that gave the team the win with 1.2 seconds left. Against Efes, he made a three with one second remaining the game to win the game. Against CSKA he set his new career-high with 12 assists. He also tied the Olimpia’s record for more assists in one game. In Istanbul, against Fenerbahce, he scored 20 points in the fourth quarter alone. During the EuroLeague’s Round 22, against Darussafaka, he set the new club record for most points scored in one single season that belonged to Keith Langford (2013/14). He finished the season with 595 points. He was named EuroLeague’s MVP in February. He surpassed the 400 assists for his career during the Moscow game. During the Milan game against Olympiacos he surpassed 1.500 points for his career and 500 points for the season. In that same game he had a personal index rating of 31 and was named Round 26’s MVP.He set his career high in Madrid in points (35) and rating (37).

HIS CAREER – Mike James was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 18, 1990. He’s a 6’1″ point-guard. He played for the Grant High School in Portland, winning the Oregon state title in 2008. Then he spent two years at Eastern Arizona Junior College (he was the fourth best scorer at Junior College level in his second year there) and another two years at Lamar University. In 2011/12 he scored 17.1 points per game and Lamar won the Southland Conference title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. James was included in the All-Southland first team and was the conference torunament’s MVP. As a professional he played in Zagreb (19.1 points per game), for Hapoel Gilboa (22.8 points per game), in Omegna in the second Italian league (21.6 points per game), then at the Kolossos Rhodes in Greece (21.0 points per game) moving to Vitoria during the 2014/15 season that included his EuroLeague debut (he averaged 11.1 points per game). He played two seasons in Vitoria (10.0 points per game during the 2015/16 season when Vitoria reached the Final Four) then went on to Panathinaikos winning twice the Greek title and once the Greek Cup. In EuroLeague play, he scored 13.1 points per game in 2016/17 and 16.2 points in 2017/18. In 2017/18 he signed for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA remaining there until January (with a career-high of 26 points in a single game and 10.4 points per game over 32 appearances) when he returned to Athens to close the season after a short stay in New Orleans.

NOTES – While at Lamar he scored 52 points in a single game against Louisiana, a All-Time high for a Lamar player. As a senior, he scored 29 points against Kentucky who eventually won the NCAA title. He played the EuroLeague Final Four in 2016 (his team was defeated in the semifinals by Fenerbahce). He scored 20 points in Athens,  in the Final four-clinching game. He scored 18 points with 30 of index rating in Game 5 of the Greek playoff finals against Olympiacos in 2018. In the five games of the final series he scored 92 points overall. Ha had a 26-game streak with at least a three made in EuroLeague competition.