How did former Notre Dame basketball players fare in pros this season?

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Following is a rundown of how former Irish men's basketball players fared this past season in their respective professional basketball leagues. Players are listed alphabetically, with their years at Notre Dame in parenthesis.

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• TIM ABROMAITIS (2008-12)

Country: Spain (Canary Islands)

Team: Iberostar Tener

Record: Finished 21-10 and fifth place in 17-team Liga Endesa (highest level). Also finished first at 11-3 in the eight-team Group D of the Basketball Champions League.

Stats: Averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 18.4 minutes over 29 games. Abromaitis shot 52.2 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from 3 and 87.5 percent from the foul line.

Best game: He scored 22 points with seven rebounds in 26 minutes during an 85-82 loss to Andoria on April 8.

Noting: He played on the same Iberostar team that won a Basketball Champions League championships as former Louisville guard Taquan Dean and former NBA first-round pick Fran Vazquez.

• ZACH AUGUSTE (2013-16)

Country: Turkey.

Team: USAK.

Record: Finished 8-19 and 13th place in the 16-team BSL (highest level).

Stats: Averaged 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 24.0 minutes over 11 games. Auguste shot 58.3 percent from the field and 44.9 percent (35-for-78) from the foul line.

Best game: He scored 31 points with 10 rebounds in 33 minutes on April 8 in a 103-87 loss to Demir Insoat. Auguste was 12-of-15 from the floor, 7-for-10 from the foul line.

Noting: Was a teammate of former St. John’s guard DeAngelo Harrison.

• RUSSELL CARTER (2004-07)

Country: Venezuela

Team: Guaros.

Record: Finished 14-10 and third place out of five teams in the Western Conference of the 10-team LPB (highest level) league.

Stats: Averaged 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 18.3 minutes over three games. Shots 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the floor, 42.9 percent from 3 and 83.3 percent from the foul line.

Best game: Carter scored 20 points on 8-of-11 from the field with four rebounds in 22 minutes in a 103-80 win over Los Leones on Jan. 28, 2017.

Noting: Carter played three games in late January with Guaros, where he was teammates with former Marquette power forward Lazar Hayward and former Rutgers and Creighton center Gregory Echinique.


Country: United States

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Record: Finished 41-41 and tied for third place in the Northwest Division before losing 4-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Stats: Averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 8.1 minutes over 39 games. He shot 51.4 percent from the field, 51.5 percent from 3 and 77.8 percent from the foul line. Connaughton also appeared in three playoff games, in which he averaged 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 8.0 minutes.

Best game: Connaughton scored 19 points with seven rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes of a 103-100 loss to New Orleans in the regular-season finale on April 12. He went for his previous career high of 15 points the previous night against San Antonio.

Noting: Connaughton is two years into a three-year contract he signed after being a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Portland holds the team option for his third year. He will know by July 25 — after summer league ends — whether that final year is guaranteed.

• JACK COOLEY (2010-13)

Country: Germany

Team: Ludwigsburg.

Record: Finished 17-15 and eight place out of 18 teams in the BDL (top league). Also was 8-6 and fourth place in the eight-team Group E Basketball Champions League.

Stats: Averaged team-highs for points (12.7) and rebounds (6.9) with 0.3 assists and 0.5 blocks in 18.9 minutes per game over 35 games. Shot 57.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3 and 68.5 percent from the foul line.

Best game: Cooley scored 27 points with seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes on Oct. 9, 2016 in a 91-84 victory over Braunschweig.

Noting: Was a teammate of former Wichita State swingman Tekele Cotton, whose collegiate career ended with a 2015 NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal loss to Notre Dame.

• JERIAN GRANT (2011-15)

Country: United States

Team: Chicago Bulls

Record: Finished 41-41 and fourth place in the Central Division before a 4-2 series loss to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Stats: Averaged 5.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 16.3 minutes over 63 games with 28 starts. Shot 42.5 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from 3 and 89 percent from the foul line.

Best game: He scored 17 points with one rebound, 11 assists and two steals in 28 minutes with a plus/minus rating of (+23) on April 10 in a 122-75 victory over Orlando.

Noting: A former first-round pick who has been traded three times in two years, Grant was one of five point guards in the Bulls’ rotation this season. His minutes per game jumped from 12.7 in March to 23.4 in April to 10.4 in the playoffs.

• LUKE HARANGODY (2007-10)

Country: Turkey.

Team: Darussafake

Record: Finished 21-7 and fourth place in the 16-team BSL (highest level) league.

Stats: Working often as a reserve, Harangody averaged 9.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.9 minutes over 17 games. He shot 67.1 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from 3 and 69.6 percent from the foul line.

Best game: He scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes on Oct. 30 in an 83-71 victory over Trabzonspor.

Noting: Harangody played for former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt.


Country: United States

Team: Maine Red Claws

Record: Finished 29-21 and first place in the six-team Atlantic Division in the NBA Development (now Gatorade) League.

Stats: Averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals and 33.5 minutes in 32 games with the Red Claws. In five D-League playoff games, Jackson averaged 15.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 33.7 minutes. He shot 46.9 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from 3 and 78.6 percent from the foul line.

Jackson also appeared in five NBA games with the Boston Celtics where he averaged 2.0 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 3.4 minutes.

Best game: With Maine, he scored 30 points with one rebound and three assists in 31 minutes on Dec. 31 in a 117-106 victory over the Windy City Bulls.

With Boston, he scored eight points with three rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes on Nov. 6 in a 123-107 loss to Denver. Jackson scored only two points the rest of the year.

Noting: Jackson was a member of the Celtics’ 15-man roster, but was not part of the rotation that allows teams to dress 13 players for games. He will enter the second year of a four-year contract signed last summer as a second-round selection.

• ERIC KATENDA (2012-15)

Country: France

Team: LePortel

Record: Finished 18-14 overall and seventh place out of 18 teams in the ProA (highest level) league.

Stats: Katenda averaged 1.1 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 4.0 minutes over 20 games. He shot 40 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line.

Best game: In LePortel’s second game of the season on Oct. 1, he scored 11 points with two rebounds in six minutes of a 95-78 loss to Dijon.

Noting: Katenda graduated Notre Dame in 2015 before playing his fifth season of eligibility in 2015-16 at the University of North Texas.

• SCOTT MARTIN (2010-13)

Country: United Kingdom

Team: Newcastle Eagles

Record: Finished 23-10 and second place in the 12-team BBL (highest level) league.

Stats: The team’s starting small forward averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.2 minutes over 37 games. He shot 50.9 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from 3 and 68.6 percent from the free throw line.

Best game: Martin scored 41 points with 11 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes Feb. 17 in a 108-94 victory over Bristol AF. He also had games of 34 points and 11 rebounds, 28 and 6, 23 and 8 and 28 and 6.

Noting: Newcastle’s starting power forward, Fabulous Flournoy, also serves as the team’s head coach.

• KYLE MCALARNEY (2006-09)

Country: France

Team: Orleans.

Record: Finished 8-24 and 17th out of 18 teams in the ProA (highest level) league.

Stats: The team’s starting point guard averaged 12.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.3 minutes over 24 games. He shot 54.8 percent from the field, 47.3 percent from 3 and 95.7 percent from the foul line. His 69 makes and 146 attempts from 3 both were team highs.

Best game: McAlarney scored 22 points with one rebound and five assists in 35 minutes on May 6 in a 114-96 loss to Chalon.

Noting: McAlarney was one of five American “imports” in the Orleans starting lineup, which included former Gonzaga shooting guard Micah Downs and former Iowa power forward Gabe Oleseni. McAlarney has the option to return to Orleans next season, which will be his fifth with the team.

• TY NASH (2008-11)

Country: Israel

Team: Ironi Nahariya

Record: Finished 17-14 and sixth place in the 12-team Winner (top division) League.

Stats: Averaged 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.5 minutes over 16 games. He shot 50 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3 and 43.2 percent from the foul line.

Best game: Nash scored 28 points on 11-of-11 from the field with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals April 19 in a 105-80 victory over Hapoel T-A.

Noting: Listed as the team’s shooting guard, Nash, who played power forward during his senior season (2010-11) at Notre Dame, was a pro teammate of two former Big East associates — Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh) and Yancy Gates (Cincinnati).

• CARLETON SCOTT (2008-11)

Country: Italy

Team: Lighthouse TR.

Record: Finished 15-15 and eight place in the 16-team West Division of SerieA2 (secondary) League.

Stats: Averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31.5 minutes over 18 games. Shot 49.4 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3 and 87.2 percent from the foul line.

Best game: Scored 25 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in 40 minutes Dec. 29 of a 91-81 victory over Agropoli.

Noting: Scott was sidelined in early February for the rest of the regular season because of right knee surgery.

• Compiled by Tom Noie

Former Notre Dame forward Pat Connaughton had a solid finish to his second NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers. (AP Photo/CRAIG MITCHELLDYER)