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Basketball Alums Say ‘G’day’ and ‘Ciao’

It’s been a good year for basketball standouts James Ennis and Casper Ware, who moved into professional basketball domestically and internationally.

James-EnnisEnnis, the 2013 Big West Conference Player of the Year, became the first 49er drafted by the NBA since 1998 when the Atlanta Hawks picked him and then traded him to the Miami Heat. The Heat is allowing him to hone his talents by playing the 2013-14 season with the Perth, Australia, Wildcats but can recall him at any time.

At his introductory press conference with the team, Ennis commented, “I wanted to bring my talents to a team that is very successful like the Perth Wildcats, and I’m just excited to be on this team. My style of play is high flying; I like to dunk, alley-oops; I like to get the crowd to their feet.”

Casper Ware goes up for a shot for basketball team Virtus Bologna

Casper Ware (No. 22) goes up for a shot for Virtus Bologna.

Meanwhile, Casper Ware played the 2012-13 season in Italy with Novipiu Casale Monferrato, where his scoring earned him MVP honors for Legadue (League 2).

That success resulted in a move up to Italy’s Serie A league with Virtus Bologna for the 2013-14 season. “I’m happy to be in Bologna. I know this is a city that loves basketball and that Virtus is a company steeped in history,” he said in a team press release. “I expect a game that’s faster and harder, but I have worked hard over the summer and am ready to give my best. I can say that I absolutely wanted to be part of this team, and here I am.