Cavaliers in the Pros

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Here is the weekly review of the top-performing Cavaliers alumni, who are currently playing in pro basketball.

#1. Jocelyn Willoughby (6’0”-F/G-98, graduated ’20, plays pro in Israel) could not help Petah Tikva (8-15) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Petah Tikva lost83-78on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Ramat Hasharon. Willoughby was the top scorer with 26 points. She also added 6 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Willoughby’s first season in pro basketball. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It’s Willoughby’s first year with the team. Willoughby has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages 20.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg in 21 games she played so far.

#2. Ariana Moorer (5’8”-G-91, graduated ’12, plays in Greece) led Esperides to a victory over one of league’s weakest teams Niki Lefkadas (1-7) crushing them 90-61 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. She was MVP of the game. Moorer recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. She also added 7 assists and 3 steals. GS Esperides Kalliotheas (2-7) is placed ninth in the A1. It was her team’s first victory after five consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Moorer has relatively good stats this season 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg.

#3. Experienced Aisha Balarabe (6’3”-C-85, graduated ’09, currently in Kosovo) was the main contributor in Bashkimi’s victory against the closely-ranked Vellaznimi (9-19) crushing them 105-84 in the Kosovan Superleague on Monday night. Balarabe was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 44 points and getting 24 rebounds. Balarabe also added 7 assists in 40 minutes. Bashkimi Prizren (11-17) is placed seventh in the Superleague. It’s Balarabe’s first season with the team. She has very impressive stats this year 23.0ppg, 16.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg in 10 games. Balarabe is a naturalized Nigerian.

#4. Lisa Jablonowski (6’3”-F-97, graduated ’20, plays pro in Italy) managed to help Limonta Sport Costa Masnaga to win against the closely-ranked Broni (7-19) 83-70 in the Italian Serie A1 in Saturday night’s game. Jablonowski scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Limonta Sport Costa Masnaga (13-13) is placed eighth in the Serie A1. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It’s Jablonowski’s first season with the team. This year Jablonowski averages 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg.

Other former The University of Virginia players, who play in pro basketball:
Lyndra Littles Weaver (6’1”-F/C-87) plays for Promete in Spanish Liga Dia
Dominique Toussaint (5’9”-G-98) plays for Eisvogel USC Freiburg in German DBBL

Notice: The list above includes only some of alumni playing currently in pro basketball. Check complete list of The University of Virginia basketball alumni.

Jocelyn Willoughby

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Ariana Moorer

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Aisha Balarabe

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