Former Cats Overseas

Reported by: Alex Risen
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Updated: 7/01/2013 7:21 pm
Josh Harrellson scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebound sin a win for his Chinese league basketball team last week.  The former Cat is staying in China and making a name for himself right now overseas.

For a Randolph Morris update...here is part of an article from OneWorldSports.com:

As reported last week by Chinese media, center Randolph Morris has re-signed with the Ducks for another season. Terms of his deal were not disclosed, though it is believed to be just a one-year deal.
The decision to bring back Morris, who helped the Ducks win their first and only CBA championship in 2011-12, is smart. The 7-footer is arguably the most versatile and skilled center in the league. Able to out muscle shorter or smaller defenders on the block, shoot from midrange, and draw fouls at a high rate, Morris is a tough matchup every single night. He is also the perfect complement to Stephon Marbury, whose effectiveness getting into the paint is predicated on spread sets -- an environment in which Morris thrives.

Beyond that, Morris, entering his fourth season with Beijing, flourishes in China, which isn’t always a given for foreign players. Among people within the league, he has a reputation of being no-fuss, low-maintenance, high-integrity player who shows up for work and does his job. If Beijing decided to make a switch -- and there were clamors from both fans and media to do that after Morris played poorly against Shandong in the semi-finals -- the Ducks would have entered 2013-14 with an unknown. For a team that’s still a title contender, that was ultimately too risky.

Beijing head coach Min Lulei pointed to Morris’ comfortableness with the club as the key reason why the two sides extended their contract.

“Morris has a very good relationship with the team and both sides are familiar with each other,” Lulei said. “As a big man, he’s definitely the best fit for Beijing.”
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