Former Bearcats play for pay in Europe, Asia, South America
by David Driver
While many UC hoopsters began their college careers with an eye on playing professionally, the law of supply and demand often hit home. Although the NBA and WNBA have drafted plenty of Bearcats, dozens of former UC ballers have carved out a nice career, as well as a profitable one, by playing hoops around the globe.
Take Tony Bobbitt, for instance. After finishing his UC career in '04, he saw his NBA dreams come to a halt a year later when he was waived by the perennial title-contender Los Angeles Lakers.
Bearcat fans may best remember Bobbitt for two big shots -- the game-winner he sunk his senior year in the final seconds of the opening NCAA tourney round against East Tennessee State and the painful low blow he sustained a week earlier when DePaul's LeVar Seals punched him in the groin. Bobbitt eventually got up off the hardwood and finished the game with 17 points to help UC to yet another Conference USA championship.
Such determination kept Bobbitt from letting the Lakers end his pro career. Instead, it launched a global sojourn of playing in Italy, Germany, Cyprus and Mexico. These days, heÕs back in the states in the NBA Development League with the Idaho Stampede.