Whether they were paid in euros, lira or Argentine pesos, a number of former Notre Dame basketball players collected salaries overseas in 2012-13. Here’s a rundown of the last 12 months for the Fighting Irish alumni who competed in foreign lands:
Kyle McAlarney averaged 10.1 points per game in France this past year.
Tim Abromaitis (Played at Notre Dame from 2008-12)
In the ProA (highest tier), ASVEL finished 18-12 and in third place among 16 organizations in the regular season before falling in the league semifinals. The forward appeared in all 35 games, shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three-point range, while averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per contest. He registered a season-high 18 points with six rebounds in a win over Strassbourg on April 8. Be sure to check out Friday’s story on Abromaitis, who just returned to the United States Wednesday and took time to chat with BlueandGold.com about his rookie year as a professional.
Kyle McAlarney (2006-09)
Limoges CSP Elite (France)
It was a tough year for Limoges, which posted a 13-17 record and failed to make the ProA playoffs. McAlarney, who is in his second year with the club, shined at guard with 10.7 points and 1.6 assists in over 20.0 minutes per game. He poured in a season-high 22 points with five rebounds in a victory over Nancy on March 8.
Russell Carter (2004-07)
Orchesian BC (France)
As part of the 16-team NM1 (third level) division, Orchesian finished the year 27-7 (first place). Carter, a shooting guard, averaged 12.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.1 minutes per game. He shot 42.2 percent from three-point land and 41.4 percent from the field in 27 appearances. Carter had a 25-point outburst, which included four triples, in a win over Blois in January. Counting the United States’ NBA Developmental League, this is the eighth country in which Carter has played professional ball.
Ty Nash (2008-11)
Walter Tigers (Germany)
Nash and Co. went 16-18 for 10th place in the 18-club, top-level BBL. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, while shooting an astounding 61.3 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from three-point range in his second year with the team. Nash netted 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of action in an eight-point victory over Bayreuth in October.
Rob Kurz (2005-08)
Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (Spain)
In the ACB (highest level), Mad-Croc stumbled to a 16th-place finish (out of 18) with an 11-22 mark. Kurz played in 18 games and the forward averaged 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals in 26.2 minutes per outing. Kurz appeared in 76 contests for the Golden State Warriors in 2008-09, and spent time in camp with Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and Sacramento. Other stints include playing in France, Germany and the NBA D-League. His best effort this past year was against Murcia (22 points, 8-of-12 shooting from the field). Over the final five games, Kurz averaged 14.4 points and finished the year shooting 42.9 percent from the floor.
Torin Francis (2003-05)
Aliaga Petkim (Turkey)
Aliaga finished 9-21 overall and in 11th place out of 16 squads. Francis had 11 double-doubles and averaged 11.2 points and 9.9 rebounds. He shot 49.6 percent from the field and registered a season-high 19 points in a blowout loss to Fener Ulker Dec. 30. Francis, a center who has also played in Venezuela, Greece and Germany, secured a career-high 20 rebounds March 3 in a 59-57 loss to Anadolu Efes.
Ryan Hoover (1993-96)
Fileni BPA Jesi (Italy)
Hoover averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Fileni, which finished 11-17 (12th out of 15 teams) in SerieA — the nation’s top level. He shot 40.3 percent from the field, 46.0 percent from beyond the arc and 92.1 percent from the foul line. It was Hoover’s fifth team in Italy, and the point guard also spent time in France, Venezuela and several American CBA and USBL teams over the course of his career. Hoover scored 32 points in a 106-105 victory Dec. 30 over Pall Trento.
Ryan Humphrey (2001-02)
In A LigaA action (top level), Obras finished 17-25, with Humphrey averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game at the power forward position. Humphrey was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (19th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Orlando Magic. He was traded midseason to Memphis, where he played through the 2004-05 season. This was Humphrey’s third stop in Argentina, with stints in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Cyprus and Venezuela also under his belt. He had four double-doubles this past year, including a 20-point, 12-rebound effort in a loss to Sionista in February. After the season, Humphrey signed on with Spanish club Blancos de Rueda Valladoid and averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 boards in five contests.