How did former Irish fare this season in pro ball?

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Have passports, will travel and play professional basketball for many former Notre Dame standouts.

This past season also saw the Irish back in the NBA, however briefly, with power forward Jack Cooley.

Following is a rundown of how former Irish fared this season in their respective professional leagues with statistics provided by Eurobasket.com. Players are listed alphabetically with years at Notre Dame in parenthesis.

TIM ABROMAITIS (2008-12)

COUNTRY: Germany.

TEAM: Braunschweig.

RECORD: Finished 17-17 and ninth place out of 18 teams in the BBL (highest level).

STATS: Appearing in all 34 games, Abromaitis led the team in scoring (14.4) and rebounding (4.7) while averaging 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 29.8 minutes (third-highest on team). He shot 56.4 percent from the field, 33.6 from 3 and 84.6 from the free throw line.

SEASON BEST: He scored a career-high 26 points in a 77-57 victory Feb. 22 against Brose Basketball and had 14 rebounds in an 89-79 victory over the Art Dragons on Jan. 30.

NOTES: Abromaitis was part of an All-American starting lineup with Braunschweig, which also included small forward Trent Lockett (Marquette), point guard Dru Joyce (Akron) and center Kyle Visser (Wake Forest). … Abromaitis also has played professionally in France with Strasbourg and ASVEL.

•ERIC ATKINS (2011-14)

COUNTRY: Greece.

TEAM: KOAD.

RECORD: Finished 10-16 and ninth place among 14 teams in the A-1 (highest) Division.

STATS: Appearing in all 26 games as a rookie, Atkins averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists (second on team) in 23.0 minutes. He shot 43.2 percent from the field, 28.6 from 3 and 69.1 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: Atkins scored 18 points and had six assists in an 86-55 victory Nov. 23, 2014 against Panathinaikos.

NOTES: A three-year starter and captain at Notre Dame, Atkins averaged more minutes than Obadiah Trotter (20.5), who was listed as the starting point guard for KOAD.

•RUSSELL CARTER (2004-07)

COUNTRY: Japan.

TEAM: Niigata Albriex.

RECORD: Finished 36-16 and fourth place in the 12-team Basketball Japan (second level) League.

STATS: Carter appeared in 43 games and averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 19.3 minutes. He shot 47.6 percent from the field, 33.0 from 3 and 80.3 from the free throw line.

SEASON BEST: He twice scored as many as 23 points while also getting a season-best 11 rebounds March 20 in a 104-51 loss to Tokyo Cinq Rieves.

NOTES: Carter wore jersey No. 99 this season for Niigata. …. Represented by the Basketball Without Boarders agency, Carter has played professionally in the NBA Development League, Mexico, Venezuela and two separate stops in France.

•JACK COOLEY (2010-13)

COUNTRY: USA.

TEAM: Utah Jazz.

RECORD: Finished 38-44 and third place in the NBA’s Northwest Division.

STATS: Cooley appeared in 16 games and averaged 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 5.4 minutes. He shot 40.9 percent from the field and 42.9 from the foul line. Cooley also appeared in 20 games for Utah’s D-League team, the Idaho Stampede. He averaged 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds in 30.3 minutes. Idaho finished 9-41 and fifth place in the D-League’s West Division.

SEASON BEST: Cooley scored 27 points and set a D-League record with 29 rebounds March 13 against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. It was one of 14 double-doubles for points and rebounds that Cooley registered with the Stampede.

NOTES: One of 22 players to appear in at least one game for the Jazz this season, Cooley is the only former Irish player to play in an NBA game this season. … Utah holds his player option for the 2015-16 season.

•TORIN FRANCIS (2003-06)

COUNTRY: Belgium.

TEAM: Spirou.

RECORD: Finished 16-14 and fifth place in the 11-team Scooore (top division) League.

STATS: Francis averaged 6.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 20.3 minutes over 24 games. He shot 50.7 percent from the field, 54.5 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: He scored 15 points in a 75-62 loss to EWE Baskets on Dec. 10, 2014. Francis grabbed 14 rebounds Jan. 17 against Leuven.

NOTES: Spirou’s point guard this season was former Virginia Tech guard Zabian Dowdell. … Also holding dual citizenship in Jamaica, Francis has played professionally in Germany with two stops each in Turkey and Venezuela.

•BEN HANSBROUGH (2010-11)

COUNTRY: Spain.

TEAM: Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.

RECORD: Finished 17-15 and seventh place out of 18 teams in the Liga Endesa (highest level) Division.

STATS: The 2011 Big East player of the year averaged 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 16.2 minutes over 13 games. He shot 34.5 percent from the field, 25.9 from 3 and 73.7 from the foul line. Hansbrough also averaged 8.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists over 22.0 minutes in seven games for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.

SEASON BEST: He scored 18 points with five assists in a 127-116 loss to Reno on Nov. 16, 2014. He had five rebounds March 7 in an 89-74 win over Andorra.

NOTES: A first-round draft pick of the Drive (Pistons affiliate) in last fall’s D-League draft, Hansbrough asked for his release from the franchise in December to pursue other basketball opportunities. … He previously played professionally in Germany, Slovenia and Spain and in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers (2012-13).

•LUKE HARANGODY (2007-10)

COUNTRY: Spain.

TEAM: Valencia.

RECORD: Finished 19-13 and fifth place out of 18 teams in the Liga Endesa (highest level) Division.

STATS: Harangody averaged 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 19.6 minutes over 31 games. He shot 56.4 percent from the field, 42.7 from 3 and 73.7 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: He scored a season-best 23 points in a 79-69 victory Nov. 7, 2014 over Laboral Kutxa (Hansbrough’s team) and had 12 rebounds in a 65-64 loss to Andorra on Nov. 30.

NOTES: Harangody was the lone American starter on Valencia this season. He had three double-doubles for points and rebounds this season. … Harangody had 64 in four years at Notre Dame. … He’s the last Irish player selected in the NBA draft. The 2008 Big East player of the year was a second-round selection (No. 52 overall) by the Boston Celtics in 2010.

•TOM KNIGHT (2010-14)

COUNTRY: Finland.

TEAM: Kataja Basket.

RECORD: Finished 27-13 and second place in the 11-team Korisliiga League (top division).

STATS: Averaged 13.6 points, eight rebounds and one assist in 26.6 minutes over 48 games (regular season and playoffs). He shot 60.4 percent from the field, 68.9 from the foul line. Knight also averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 32.0 minutes over two games with Durham in the BBL (top level) in the United Kingdom.

SEASON BEST: He scored 30 points March 1 in an 81-80 loss to Lapus and twice grabbed as many as 17 rebounds.

NOTES: Knight finished the season second on the team with 445 field-goal attempts. He attempted a total of 305 during his five-year collegiate career. … Needing to be convinced to continue playing basketball this fall after graduating Notre Dame, Knight finished with 14 double doubles for points and rebounds. He had zero double-doubles at Notre Dame.

•SCOTT MARTIN (2010-13)

COUNTRY: United Kingdom.

TEAM: Newcastle.

RECORD: Finished 31-5 and first place in the 13-team BBL (highest division).

STATS: Martin finished second on the squad in scoring (14.2) and first in rebounding (7.3), with 2.4 assists in 27.9 minutes (third on the team) over 38 games. He shot 52 percent from the field, 41.2 from 3 and 68.4 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: Martin twice scored 28 points and four times finished with as many as 13 rebounds en route to 10 double doubles during his second season with Newcastle.

NOTE: Martin scored 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot as Newcastle won the BBL championship on May 10 with a 96-84 victory over the London Lions.

•KYLE MCALARNEY (2006-09)

COUNTRY: France.

TEAM: Orleans.

RECORD: Finished 10-22 and 16th place among the 18 teams in the ProA (highest level) League.

STATS: In 32 games, McAlarney averaged 11.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.2 minutes. He shot 56.7 percent from the field, 41.9 from 3 and 90.6 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: McAlarney scored 28 points Nov. 1, 2014 in a 73-71 victory over LeHavre. He had a personal-best six assists for times.

NOTES: McAlarney attempted a team-high 191 3-pointers. … He also has played professionally in France, Germany and Israel.

•TY NASH (2008-11)

COUNTRY: France.

TEAM: Rouen.

RECORD: Finished 12-20 and 14th place in the 18-team ProA (highest level) League.

STATS: In his first season in France, Nash averaged 8.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.5 minutes over 11 games. He shot 55.1 percent from the field, 50.0 from the foul line.

SEASON BEST: He scored 19 points March 3 in a 96-83 victory over Nancy and had 12 rebounds Feb. 9 in an 88-86 victory over McAlarney’s Orleans squad.

NOTES: Nash played his previous three professional seasons in Germany with the Walter Tigers. … He left the Rouen team in mid-April.

•CARLETON SCOTT (2008-11)

COUNTRY: Italy.

TEAM: JuveCaserta.

RECORD: Finished 8-22 and 15th place in the 16-team Serie A (highest level) League.

STATS: Scott averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.5 minutes over 30 games. He shot 54.5 percent from the field, 35.3 from 3 and 80.5 from the free throw line.

SEASON BEST: He scored 21 points in a 95-74 victory Jan. 4 against Grissin Bon RE, had 12 rebounds in an 81-76 victory Feb. 8 over Granarolo BO and five steals Nov. 16, 2014 in a 68-64 victory over Upea Cdo.

NOTES: Scott finished the season with five double-doubles and has nine in his pro career. …. He’s also played professionally in Austria and Spain and the NBA Development League.

•GARRICK SHERMAN (2013-14)

COUNTRY: Republic of Georgia.

TEAM: Dinamo Tbilisi.

RECORD: Finished 11-3 and first place in the eight-team Superleague (top league) standings.

STATS: Averaged team-highs for points (18.2) and rebounds (13.0) over 26.4 minutes in 10 games. He shot 56.8 percent from the field, 44.4 from the foul line. Sherman started his pro career with a brief stint in Poland’s TBL (top level) League with Koszalin. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 13.1 minutes over 16 games.

SEASON BEST: Sherman scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds Feb. 6 in an 87-73 loss to Batumi.

NOTE: Sherman finished his first season with 10 double-doubles for points and rebounds. He had six in his second and final season at Notre Dame.

Former Notre Dame power forward Tom Knight had a big rookie season playing professionally in Finland.SBT File Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN