June 9, 2009 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Cartersville Warriors
The Cartersville Warriors made a move to bolster their backcourt late Monday night, picking up point guard Jermaine Spivey from the Rome Rage in a three-player deal.
Cartersville got the 6-foot-3 Spivey, who averaged 20.2 points a game for the Warriors in the WBA last summer, in exchange for power forward Tyrone Eboigbe and guard/forward Nathan Charles.
"Jermaine played for us last year and was an integral part of the team," said Cartersville general manager Bobby Rouse. "This was a move we had to make, even if it was a two-for-one deal. Getting a veteran like Jermaine is not just an upgrade for the backcourt. It's an upgrade for the whole team."
Spivey - who played collegiately at the University of New Orleans and overseas in Hungary, Israel and Finland for several years - averaged about 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Rage this season. The 6-foot-7 Eboigbe, who played for Atlanta Tech scored 3.3 points and grabbed 3.5 rebounds in three games for Cartersville and ex-Chattanooga State standout Charles scored 14 points in his only game in a Warriors uniform.
Rome head coach/general manager Shawn Perkins said he was reluctant to part with Spivey, but that he feels Eboigbe and Charles can help right the ship for the Rage, who are off to an 0-4 start.
"We did not want to see Jermaine go because he's got a leadership quality that all championship teams need," said Perkins. "We are really sweating about this move, but at least on paper it seems to help both squads. We are so strong at the guard spot with Mike Dean that we can make up the scoring difference, but losing a team leader like that will hurt our inexperienced team."
Spivey, who has played with current Warriors Jeremy Law, Marcus Henderson and Darnell Cox, said he hopes to help Cartersville win a WBA title.
"I'd like to be in a situation where I'd have the opportunity to win a championship and playing for Cartersville gives that to me," said Spivey. "Rome has a good thing going with its focus on developing younger players and I have no hard feelings towards the Rome Rage. But I feel like I might fit in better with Cartersville's style of play right now."
Warriors head coach Cory Baldwin said he's excited to have Spivey joining his team.
"It's unbelievable to be able to make this kind of move," said Baldwin. "I feel like our team is jelling right now and this is another step in that direction. Jermaine's a good shooter and distributes the ball well. Once he gets to know our guys, I think he'll be able to add an element of leadership as well."
Despite sitting near the top of the World Basketball Association standings with a 3-1 record (4-1 overall), Rouse said Cartersville will likely be making more roster moves in the next few weeks.
"We aren't done dealing yet," said Rouse. "We're looking at a few more guys. The guys we're looking at have been in the (NBA Development League) and playing overseas. Rebounding is an issue for us, so we're pursuing some things in that area."
Spivey will practice with the Warriors Wednesday and be in uniform for Cartersville's next game, a road contest Friday against the Decatur Court Kings. Following the road trip to Decatur, the Warriors will host the Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers Saturday in another WBA contest.
Cartersville closes out the weekend with a non-conference home game against the defending Southeast Exposure Basketball League Metro-A League champion Atlanta SpeedBoys Sunday afternoon at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium.