Saturday, January 26, 2013


I am still shock and upset with our 13 point win, yet still a defeat.

We face Kayseri again as you all know, and we had to beat them by 15 or more point in order to advance because that's how much they had beating us by at their place.  Well low and behold we were doing just that, and at the last few secs that hard fighting Kayseri team managed to tie it to the point where we were only up 15! So that breaks it even from their defeat earlier and it send us into over time. Now two of Kayseri starters had just fouled out. They point guard Martinez, and  USA's own Ashja Jones (WNBS Connecticut Sun).  That left them with some talent out on the floor, but those two were key.  In the extra 5 min yes it was brutal and it was definitely a grind. Our team lost a little discipline and as a leader and a point guard you have to take some of that responsibility. Well believe me I did.  Everyone knows that it's not easy to repeat for a title, but that was something that we were looking forward to doing. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way, now we must focus on the Russian league we can still maybe redeem ourselves here.

We have Orenburg coming up and this is a mist win game for us. So we're have channeled our energy and focus to that and we are ready.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


After a long road trip and our first lost in Euro- Cup we then had to face a smoking Dynamo Moscow team in the Russia League. They have players with very good talent on their team. As a matter of fact it is the Maryland dynamic 3 all over again. They have Kristi Tolliver, Crystal Langhorn, and Laura Harper playing together all over again. I know the Terps nation is proud.

As for us we fought harder than we did the previous game but we came up short by 3 points. Now I am not sure what has happen to us since the break but we need to continue pulling it together and quickly. We have Kayseri coming up again very soon and because of the point spread in Euro-Cup we have to beat them by at least 16 points in order to advance. Is it doable? Yes I think so! But it will be a very tough challenge for us.  We, without any doubt have the challenge, but can we act maturely enough to overcome this position that we have put ourselves in? That is the question that we face right now. I'm believing that we do, and holding on to that. I will be back in touch with you all very soon to let you know if we were or not.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, January 21, 2013


Just checking in with everyone back in the states on this special day.  First and foremost, it is our celebratory day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.  What an amazing legacy that he still inspires people today.  And on the same day, an African-American is sworn in to his second term as President of the United States!  While I know our nation still has strides to make I am very proud of the one's we've made.  The thing that sticks out to me the most was Dr. King's servant attitude and the number of sacrifices he made on the behalf of an entire nation.  It is his philosophy that I model my H.O.P.E. Foundation after -- certainly on a much smaller scale -- but trying to to serve as many as possible -- to reach out an help those less fortunate -- to give those that are young a vision of hope to move forward in the future. 

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Today is a very Sacred Holiday here in Russia. It is almost like a baptism but not exactly the same thing. It is a cleansing dipping to wash away your sins. One of my former teammates posted it on her twitter page and I became intrigued by it so I started asking about it. Now giving that  Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years it has not stopped these people from being dipped. In Siberia Russia it is a whopping -50 degree C and in the Moscow region it is a little warmer at -17 or -18 but still it is very cold and people are dipping themselves. It is told to me that the water is special and that no one gets sick after the dipping. Whether it is true or not, I still find it very interesting and am glad to see people wanting to have a new start from their washing.



We played Kaseri on yesterday. If you all remember, it is the team that we competed against last year for the Euro-Cup Championship. They came out ready to play. And we played decent for parts of the game.  Our defense was not up to par at all. We gave up 101 points. That is never a good thing. Kaseri did what they were suppose to do on their home they protected it, now we have to beat them by at least 16 point or more in order to advance. It will be a tough challenge but i believe in our team.

Until next time..
Ill talk to you all later

Oh. Yeah I did get a little chance to view the city a little bit and it is really not a bad place, This church was my view from my window every morning. Not a bad site huh?


Monday, January 14, 2013


Hey everyone -- check out this video link on my Shooting Coach Marvin Harvey.  He also worked with Marie Ferdinand Harris as well.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Wanted to share one of my favorites with you today!  Have a blessed day!