After a 12-year professional basketball career overseas, E.J. Rowland still has life in his legs as the 35-year-old point guard is averaging a league-high 6.5 assists in the Turkish Basketball Super League.
The 6-foot-2 Rowland has helped the Eskisehir Basketball team get off to an 8-3 start with his playmaking skills, averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.
A former VTB United League most valuable player and scoring champion in 2013, Rowland is a facilitator that can light up a gym in a moment’s notice for Eskisehir.
Rowland, who prepped at Palma and led Hartnell College to a state finals appearance in 2003, also helped St. Mary’s reach the NCAA tournament as a junior in 2004.
In 2013, he led his squad to a Latvian Basketball League championship, earning postseason MVP honors.
Rogers lands in Georgia >> Former Salinas High basketball standout Frank Rogers has found a home for the BC Cactus TBILISI, averaging 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds since arriving six games ago.
The 6-foot-9 Rogers is averaging 23 minutes a game, shooting nearly 53 percent from the field. The Euro-League franchise plays in the Georgia Superleague.
Rogers led Salinas to a Tri-County Athletic League title in 2011, earning The Herald’s Player of the Year. During his senior season at San Jose State, he led the team in points and rebounds.
Last season Rogers spent part of the year playing in the G-League in Greensboro of the NBA Developmental League.
Smith closing out eighth NFL season >> For a player that wasn’t drafted and was cut three times, Evan Smith has put together a solid NFL career as an offensive lineman.
The veteran lineman has been Tampa Bay’s starting center the last quarter of the season. Prior to his arrival as a free agent in 2014 with the Buccaneers, Smith spent four seasons in Green Bay, and was a part of the Super Bowl XLV title team.
Signed by Green Bay after playing every line position at Idaho State, the former Salinas High multiple sport standout was cut twice by the Packers and later by Seattle before being re-signed and eventually earning a starting job in 2013, snapping the ball to Aaron Rodgers.
Smith is one three former Monterey County athletes in the NFL, joining Seaside grad and Redskins linebacker Mason Foster and former Palma and MPC quarterback David Fales, who is a backup with the Dolphins.
Evans starting at Pacific Oregon >> Former Seaside High and Monterey Peninsula College basketball standout Chris Evans has started all nine game this winter for the Pacific University Oregon men’s basketball team.
The 6-foot-2 Evans shares the team lead in steals with 12 and his third in assists with 18. The senior is also averaging 8.1 points a game and 4.6 rebounds for the Boxers, who opened the season with eight straight wins before suffering their first loss.
Evans was The Herald’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 at Seaside. The multisport standout also started in football.
Maker makes the most of minutes >> Wyatt Maker got his first significant minutes for the Cal State East Bay men’s basketball team and made the most of it.
In 10 minutes of play, the 6-foot-8 Maker nearly compiled a double double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
A redshirt freshman, Maker knocked down 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including his first 3-point goal of his collegiate career. He also recorded two steals.
Maker helped lead Palma to a State Division IV finals appearance in 2016, and was the Gabilan Division MVP as a junior in 2015.
NCPGA 2017 award winners >> Among the Northern California PGA’s 19 recipients of the 2017 sectional awards were three local golf pros.
Justin Russo, the PGA director of instruction at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, won the NCPGA Player Development Award for his contributions to player development and promotion of the game.
Corral de Tierra Country Club assistant professional John Crater was given the NCPGA Assistant Apprentice of the Year award.
Crater was honored for his overall performance, leadership, service to the section and promotion of the game of golf.
And PGA head professional at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch David Johnson was honored as the NCPGA Public Merchandiser of the Year.
Baseball/Softball conditioning program >> The 19th annual boys baseball and girls softball workout/conditioning program will conducted by the Monterey Bay Sports Program.
The program is free for seventh-grade to 12th grade student athletes and is run by the Monterey baseball and Monterey Bay Rippers baseball/softball coach Greg Omoto. For times and dates of workouts, contact Omoto at [email protected]
Wilcox Classic Golf Tournament >> The annual Coach Wilcox Memorial Classic four person scramble will be held Jan. 27 at Del Monte Golf Course. Fee is $100 and includes 18-hole green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch and raffle tickets. Check in is 9 a.m. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 13. Proceeds to the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society in the name of former Stevenson baseball coach Paul Wilcox for his courageous fight with cancer. Go to [email protected] or call 831-601-7551.
Coaches wanted >> North Salinas is looking for a head varsity football coach. Applicants can apply on EdJoin or by contacting Jean Ashen at [email protected]
Youth Baseball team to compete in Cooperstown >> Nick White will be coaching a 12-and-under baseball team that will compete in a tournament in Cooperstown, New York, on July 14-20. He is looking for three more players to enjoy the experience. Players must be 12 or younger before May 1. Anyone interested should contact White at 831-760-2272 for a tryout.
Contact John Devine at 831-726-4337.