TESTIMONIALS & SUCCESS STORIES
Jeremy Chappell 6'3" SG Robert Morris (2009)
Jeremy Chappell a versatile 6’3” shooting guard who was 2009 Northeast Conference Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American while leading Robert Morris to the 2009 NCAA Tournament started his professional career in Poland for Znics Jaraoslaw where he exploded onto the scene ranking in the top 5 in the league in scoring, rebounding, and efficiency rating. Chappell the consummate professional and winner has played in many of the top leagues and competitions in Europe during his prosperous 11 year career including Russia(VTB League), Turkey, Italy, EuroCup, and Champions League! Chappell is currently playing the 2019-2020 season in Italy(A-1) for defending league champion Umana Reyer Venezia where he has emerged as a key player helping lead the club to the 2nd round of EuroCup Competition.
Christian Burns 6'8" PF/SF Philadelphia U. (2007)
Christian Burns a 6”8” 250 pound power forward was the 2007 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year for Philadelphia University and attended Rookie/Free Agent Camp with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2007. The story of Burns pro career has been one of upward mobility, continued improvement, and dominant play. He played in 9 different countries during the first 9 years of his career starting in Poland and progressing to respected leagues including Germany(BBL), Israel, Italy(A-1), Russia(VTB League), and EuroCup. After making the Italian National Team, Burns had a standout 2017-2018 season in Italy(A-1) with Cantu where he led the league in rebounding and efficiency rating which led to him signing a three year contract with Italian league power Olimpia Milano which competes in the EuroLeague!
Keddric Mays 6'1" PG/SG UT Chattanooga (2007)
Keddric Mays a lightning quick 6’1” combo guard graduated from UT Chattanooga in 2007 where he was an All-Southern Conference performer and one of the top three point shooters in the country. Mays career took off after a strong performance at the 2009 Hart Sports Camp which led to his signing in Poland with Znics Jaroslaw. During the 2009-2010 season Mays led the Polish league in scoring averaging nearly 20 points per game and established himself as a player on the rise. After his breakout season in Poland he has had a long and productive career having performed at a high level in Ukraine, France(Pro A), Turkey(TBL), and most recently Italy(A-2) for the last 6 seasons. During his time in Italy he has received many accolades including All-League honors while consistently ranking among the league leaders in scoring and three point shooting.
Ted Scott 6'2" PG
West Virginia St. (2009)
Ted Scott a 6’2” combo guard who was a two time Division II All American and scored 2,368 points during his college career at West Virginia State U. has been one of the most prolific scorers in overseas basketball ranking in the top 5 scorers in each league he has played in during his four year pro career. Shortly after signing with Hart Sports he signed his first pro contract in Poland for the 2009-10 season with Sportino where he averaged 20 ppg(2nd in league). After his successful rookie season Scott returned to Poland for the 2010-11 season signing with AZS Koszalin where he had a sensational year leading the league in scoring by a wide margin with an average of 22 ppg. Scott signed for the 2011-12 season with the top team in Portugal(Benfica) where he led the club to the league championship and was named Player of the Year! Ted played the 2012-2013 season in Spain with Melilla where he ranked 5th in the league in scoring.
Kevin Fletcher 6'10" PF/C UC Colorado Springs (2002)
Kevin Fletcher a 6’10” PF/C with inside/outside skills was a 2002 graduate of NCAA Division II UC Colorado Springs. He was a late bloomer whose college career started slowly before coming into his own with a strong senior season which drew our attention. Kevin played the first two seasons of his pro career in Portugal where he improved each year and built up his resume before moving on to Poland for the next two seasons. In 2006 while playing for Slask Wroclaw he played well in European Cup Competition which drew the attention of Aris Thessaloniki a top level club from Greece which competed in the prestigious EuroLeague. Fletcher signed with Aris for the 2006-07 season, this was just the break that he needed! For the next eight years Fletcher performed well in many of the top leagues and competitions in Europe including Greece, Russia(VTB), Turkey, Italy, EuroCup, and EuroLeague!
Rahshon Turner 6'7" PF FDU (1998)
Rahshon Turner a 6’7” PF with great toughness and heart had a standout college career at FDU who he led to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. The story of Turner’s 12 year pro career was one of perseverance and sustained excellence. At the conclusion of his college days he embarked on a pro career but suffered stress fractures which delayed the start of his career for 2 years. Upon signing with Hart Sports in 2000 he immediately made up for lost time over the next 2 years winning league MVP in both Spain(LEB) and France(Pro B) before getting his shot at the big-time signing in a top level league(France Pro A) with Vichy. Over the next 5 years(2002-2007) Turner had a great 5 year run in France(Pro A) where he was viewed as the top PF in the league receiving numerous honors including league MVP and multiple rebounding titles. After missing the 2007-08 season due to injury he would go on to great success in the top league of Israel where he led the league in rebounding and efficiency rating on multiple occasions!
Mike Fraser 6'8" C Oklahoma Baptist (2007)
Mike Fraser a 6’8” C with great work ethic was an NAIA All-American for Oklahoma Baptist in 2007. Amazingly, he has been the top rebounder in the league in 8 of his 12 pro seasons! Fraser signed his first pro deal in 2007 in Austria with Furstenfeld and led them to the title. Following his successful rookie year he signed for the 2008-09 season in Lebanon with Antranik where he averaged an incredible 21 pts and 21 rebs(led league by wide margin). After his breakout year he began a dominant 3 year stretch in Ukraine(2009-12) where he was named 1st team All-League in 2010 and led league in rebounding each season! Fraser returned to Lebanon in 2012 signing with Byblos and played their the next 3 seasons(2012-15). During this period he was named 1st Team All-League and Center of the Year while leading the league in rebounding in 2 of the 3 seasons. Fraser signed in Poland in 2015 and is still going strong having performed well their over the last 5 seasons!
Lorenzo Gordon 6'7" PF Oklahoma City U. (2006)
Lorenzo Gordon a 6’7” 250 pound C with great scoring ability was NAIA All-American for Oklahoma City University in 2006. Gordon started his pro career in Sweden for Gothia where he was ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring and rebounding for the 2006-07 season. After his successful rookie year he moved to the high level Turkish league with Kepez where he made a huge impact finishing 2nd in the league in scoring and being selected for the All-Star Game. Lorenzo played the 2008-09 season in Germany(BBL) for the Frankfurt where he led the league in efficiency rating. Gordon returned to Turkey with Aliaga for the 2009-10 season ranking among the league leaders in scoring and FG%. In 2010-11 he played in Italy(A-2) with Forli averaging over 20 ppg(2nd in league) Lorenzo had a great season in Russia(Superleague) for Ural Ekaterinburg in 2012 winning the title and finishing 2nd in the league in scoring.
Aaron Pettway 6'10" C Oklahoma State (2006)
Aaron Pettway a 6’10” C with NBA body and elite athleticism looked like a surefire pro prospect coming out of Hutchinson JC where he was rated the #1 JUCO center in the country. After signing with Oklahoma St., Pettway inexplicably saw very little playing time and his pro career appeared in doubt. In 2006 Pettway signed with Hart Sports and we knew we had a huge sleeper on our hands who needed exposure. Aaron played well at the 2006 Hart Sports Camp which led to his signing in Poland where he had a strong year leading the league in blocked shots. After his successful rookie year he was a hot commodity signing in France(Pro A) with Strasbourg where he played well enough to get back on the NBA radar with multiple teams interested! Aaron was on the verge of signing an NBA contract in summer of 2008 when he broke his foot while attending Free Agent Camp with the Boston Celtics. After missing a full year he would recover and later attend training camp with the Washington Wizards and have a long overseas career.
Jerry Johnson 6'0" PG Rider (2005)
Jerry Johnson a 6’0” scoring PG had a stellar career at Rider U. earning 1st team All MAAC honors from 2003-2005 and scoring 2000 career points. At the the conclusion of his college career he played in the 2005 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament(NBA Pre Draft Camp) and attended Rookie/Free Agent Camp with the LA Clippers. Jerry signed to play the 2005-06 season in Poland with Polpharma where he took the league by storm finishing in the top 5 in the league in scoring, assists and was named to the league All Star Game. His sensational rookie year in Poland put Johnson on the map and laid the foundation for a lucrative 13 year career in which he performed well in many of the top leagues and competitions in Europe including Turkey, France, Belgium, Lithuania, VTB, EuroCup, and EuroLeague.
Mark Blount - 7"0" C - 10 year NBA Career
During the 1999-2000 season we began working with Mark Blount, a 7'0" C, 10-year NBA veteran, who left U. of Pittsburgh after his soph. year. He declared for the 1997 NBA Draft and was selected in the 2nd rd. by the Seattle Supersonics. After getting released by Seattle, Mark bounced around the minor leagues and was out of basketball for the 1998-99 season. Up to this point in his career, Blount's story was one like many young players without proper guidance. Unfulfilled potential was a common phrase used to describe Mark's talent.
In Dec. of 1999, Hart Sports devised a structured training program which was designed to take Blount from a minor league reserve to a guaranteed NBA contract. Through intense training with the Hart Sports staff of strength coaches and basketball trainers, Blount was able to gain 25 pounds of muscle as well as increase his skill level. In July of 2000 Blount signed a two year contract with the Boston Celtics. The focused attention that Mark received from Hart Sports was instrumental in his NBA career.