Former NBA Player Eugene “Pooh” Jeter to Play for Tianjin Gold Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association
Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) side Tianjin Gold Lions has reportedly agreed to sign former NBA player Eugene "Pooh" Jeter to be the team's foreign reinforcement in the upcoming 2016-17 season of the professional league of China.
According to Asia-Basket, Jeter has been one of the league's prolific scorers while he was playing for the Shandong Golden Stars, where he played for 41 games.
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The 32-year-old native of Los Angeles, California posted impressive averages of 27.5 points, 5.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game during the last season.
Eugene "Pooh" Jeter, a veteran American-Ukrainian point guard, contributed to the Golden Stars' success in finishing fifth overall in the regular season of the CBA having victorious in 28 matches of the 38 scheduled games of the league and steered the team to reach the quarterfinals. However, the team fell short in advancing to the semifinal round after being swept by the Yi Jianlian-led Guangdong Southern Tigers in three games.
Jeter is listed 5-ft-11-in tall (1.80 meters) and weighs 175 pounds (79 kilograms). He was a product of the University of Portland Pilots, which competes in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. From 2002 to 2006, Jeter was averaging 14.87 points, 3.01 assists, 2.84 rebounds and 1.37 steals per contest in a total of 115 official games he played.
In 2006, he went undrafted in NBA Draft but he was able to play in the world's biggest professional basketball league after the Sacramento Kings signed him on July 2010. According to the official website of the NBA, Jeter played 62 official games for the Kings in the 2010-11 season and registered averages of 4.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes of playing time
Jeter has also previously played in Spain for the teams of Joventut, Unicaja Malaga and Menorca. He also had a stint in Israel with the Hapoel Jerusalem and in Ukraine with the BC Kyiv.
Tianjin finished 18th in the 20-team Chinese Basketball Association. They registered eight wins with 30 losses last season.