Bobcats in the Pros: Former Basketball Players Shine Overseas

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball program has four former Bobcats currently playing overseas. James Johnson '12, Justin Rutty '11, James Feldeine '10 and DeMario Anderson are each playing in professional leagues in Europe and have been contributing greatly to their respective clubs.

"I am extremely proud of the success of the four former Quinnipiac Bobcats who are continuing their playing careers overseas," said head coach Tom Moore. "I speak for everyone related our Quinnipiac Basketball program when I say we are very proud of these four young men as they continue to represent Quinnipiac as professional basketball players."

James Johnson '12 – Forca Lleida, Spain
Quinnipiac's Division I scoring leader, James Johnson, inked a deal with Forca Lleida last fall, a club in the LEB-Gold Division which is the second tier professional league in Spain. Johnson didn't waste any time adjusting to professional basketball as the Queens, N.Y. native is averaging 8.4 points, 1.6 assists and 1.0 rebound per game in his rookie season.

"James Johnson played his inaugural season of professional basketball this year in the same division of Spain where James Feldeine began," said Moore. "Bo brought the same traits which led him to score over 1,600 points and make multiple all-league selections here at Quinnipiac to his team in Spain."

With Johnson's help, Forca Lleida finished in the top half of the league and earned a spot in the LEB-Gold Quarterfinals. Johnson led the way for the team in Game 4, posting a team-best of 16 points against Palencia on May 5th. Game five will determine the best-of-five series which is to be played on May 7th in Palencia.

Justin Rutty '11 – BBC Nyon, Switzerland
Justin Rutty had an incredible season for BBC Nyon in Switzerland where he averaged 20.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists en route to earning Player of the Year honors. Rutty began his professional career in Uruguay with Atletico Aguada and signed with Nyon last fall.

"Justin took the skills which he showed here at Quinnipiac in becoming the greatest rebounder in the history of the Northeast Conference and applied them as a professional in 2012-13," Moore commented. "I feel the confidence which will come from earning MVP honors will help Justin in the next couple stages of his pro career as he continues to play in more demanding, higher-profile leagues."

Rutty was dominant in the 2012-13 season. He reached double-figures in each of his 29 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 20 of them. He had 20 or more points in 18 of those games which included a season-high of 33 against Boncourt on November 3rd. Rutty also scored 24 points and hauled in 21 rebounds against Fribourg on January 19th.  

James Feldeine '10 – Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada, Spain
James Feldeine also began a stint with a new team as the 6-foot-4 guard inked a three-year deal with Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada last spring. Feldeine enjoyed two seasons with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo, a club in the LRBL, before making the move the Liga ACB for the 2012-13 season.

"James Feldeine had a terrific first season in the top division of professional basketball in Spain for Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada, considered by many to be the toughest league in the world behind the NBA," said Moore. "James was a leading scorer and earned a player-of-the-week honor after honing his game for two seasons in the second division of the Spanish league."

Feldeine adapted to the level of competition very quickly and continues to progress in all facets of his game. He leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per contest, while averaging 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. The highlight of his season came against Valencia on January 19th when he dropped 37 points in a three-point win. Fuenlabrada wraps up play this month and is fighting for a spot in the ACB playoffs. Prior to the season in a summer league, Feldeine scored 50 points for Dominican Power in a 109-104 overtime loss to Man Up, which featured former Connecticut star and Charlotte Bobcat Kemba Walker and Milwaukee Buck Brandon Jennings.

DeMario Anderson '08 - Ironi Ramat Gan, Israel
Anderson, Quinnipiac's ninth Division I player to record 1,000 points, signed a contract to play professional basketball for Spotter Leuven in Belgium back in 2008. He made his way to Holland for the 2011-12 season where he played for Stepco BS Weert and then joined Ironi Ramat Gan within the Liga Leumit - the second division in Israeli basketball.

"DeMario Anderson has had a terrific run over the last three seasons, particularly his time in Holland," Moore remarked. "He used his incredible strength and athleticism to average over 17 points per game for Weert in Holland a year ago. That allowed him a promotion to the extremely-tough Israeli Basketball league in 2012-13."

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