EYG WINGS CHINA BASKETBALL TOUR 2015
Christopher Lamont Johnson/6'7/220 lbs/SF/Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX is home to Chris. SC Rist Wedel
Tre Nichols/5'11/185 lbs/PG/Boise State University
This Killeen, TX native played his collegiate ball at Boise State University and moved on to the West Texas Whirlwinds(ABA) Odessa, TX. (2012-13) Avg 21pts, 6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Melvin Allen Jr/6'6/200 lbs/SG-SF/East Texas Baptist
Longview, Tx is his official hometown. Melvin last played with the Bossier City, LA Metroplex Lightning..
Damien Lewis/7'0/250 lbs./Center/University of Arts and Science of Oklahoma
Damian Lewis is a 7 feet 250 pound post player that can be a major impact for any team. He has the ability to change the game because of the presence that he brings to the game itself. His 7’5 wingspan makes him very effective when it comes to rebounding, and blocking shots. He played center for the University of Arts and Science of Oklahoma (Chickasha, OK) in 2010-11 and for the North Texas Fresh UBA (Fort Worth, Texas) in 2012-13.
A true "Big Man'" out Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma. This Corpus Christi Texas native give EYG WINGS additional inside presence. Tank transferred to Cameron from UTSA in his JR season. He averaged 4 pts and 5 rebs in 15 minutes per game during the 2014-15 season.
Tank Mayberry/6'10/300 lbs/Center/Cameron University
Troynell Adams/6’5/190 lbs/Guard/Oklahoma City University
A versatile 6’5 guard, Troynell Adams will be a key member of the EYG WINGS China Tour team. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Adams averaged 8.4 points and 3 rebounds for OKCU in 2011-2012.
Prior to attending OKCU, Adams was one of the top junior college players in the Midwest. In 2010-2011, while at Carl Albert State (Okla.), Adams averaged 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds, and was named to the second-team all-NJCAA Region II team. As a freshman the year before, Adams poured in 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Colin Voss/6’8/240 lbs/Forward/University of North Texas
One of the best passing big men in North Texas history, 6’8 forward Colin Voss joins the EYG WINGS China Tour team after playing the last two seasons for the Mean Green. As a senior in 2014-2015, Voss posted 58 assists, third-most ever by a North Texas forward, and his 1.23 assist/turnover ratio was the best by a Mean Green forward in the 21st Century.
In addition to his passing ability, Voss also showed an ability to score and rebound inside during his final year at North Texas. He racked up 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, all while starting 30 of the 31 games he played in. His ability to get to the free throw line and knock down his freebies was also huge for the Mean Green. Voss shot 81 percent from the charity stripe as a senior, best on the team and seventh in Conference USA.
Before playing two seasons at North Texas, Voss spent one season at Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. Before that, he played one season at Central Michigan as a freshman in 2010-2011.
Davene Carter/6’7/230 lbs/Forward/Tarleton State University
One of the most athletic players on the EYG WINGS China Tour, Tarleton State graduate Davene Carter brings a winning pedigree, scoring ability, and a defensive mindset to the team. As a senior at Tarleton State in 2015, the 6’7 Carter averaged 7 points per game and led the team in blocks, as the Texans finished the season 31-4 and advanced to the Division II Final Four.
Most notably, following his senior season Carter was selected to participate in the Denny’s NCAA Slam Dunk Contest that aired live on ESPN during Final Four week. Carter’s athleticism and dunking ability wowed the judges, as he finished in third place in the competition.
Carter’s ability as a defender are well-documented. He was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Defensive Team as a junior and was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.
Corbin Thomas/6’8/250 lbs/Forward/Midwestern State University
A 6’8 forward from Midwestern Sate University, Corbin Thomas joins the EYG WINGS China Tour as one of the most decorated players in recent Mustangs history. As a senior in 2012-2013, Thomas helped take MSU to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament, and was part of a highly successful senior class.
In his senior year, Thomas averaged 14 points per game and ranked third in the Lone Star Conference in rebounding, as he pulled down 8.4 boards per game. He was also second in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 57 percent from the floor. All of that helped Thomas earn NABC All-America honors, and D2 Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America honors, after he started all 31 games of his senior season.
Following his time at MSU, Thomas played professionally for Patriotas, a franchise based in Colombia.
Levi Giese/6’10/210 lbs/Forward/Lafayette College
Levi Giese, a 6’10 small forward from Lafayette College, is one of the most versatile players on the EYG WINGS China Tour team. Possessing the ability to play inside, or shoot from the outside, Giese will be a key contributor to the squad during the two-week trip.
Giese was a standout defensive player during his time at Lafayette. He finished his career with 109 blocked shots, which ranks third on Lafayette’s all-time list. He blocked 62 shots as a senior in 2012-2013, good for second in the Patriot League and second on the all-time single season blocked shots list at Lafayette.
Pegged by his college coaches as a leader, Giese was a co-captain as a senior for the Leopards. He was the only Lafayette player to start every game, and averaged 6.9 points per game, while finishing third on the team with 44 made three-pointers.
Craig Foster/6’0/185 lbs/Guard/Cameron University
Along with Garner, Craig Foster is one of the best players to ever grace the floor at Cameron University’s Aggie Gym. A 6’0 point guard, Foster’s court vision and mind for the game are second to none, and he has the pedigree to back it up.
Foster led the Aggies to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as a junior in 2013, and was recognized as one of the top Division II players because of it. He was selected as a First Team All-American, and was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.6 points and 5.6 assists per game, all while shooting 38 percent from three-point range.
The following fall, Foster garnered multiple pre-season accolades. He was named the pre-season National Player of the Year, and a Preseason First Team All-American by two publications. Cameron wasn’t able to duplicate its success of the season before during Foster’s senior year, but he still averaged 14.8 points and 5 assists per game.
Milton Garner/6’4/200 lbs/Guard/Cameron University
Since graduating from Cameron, Garner has played professionally for two franchises, both in Brazil. He has spent time with Jacarei and Joinville.A 6’4 shooting guard out of Cameron University, Milton Garner made a name for himself as one of the top players in the Lone Star Conference during his time as an Aggie. In his three years at CU, Garner scored over 1,000 points and helped lead Cameron to new heights. He will bring scoring and a great shooting touch to the EYG WINGS China Tour.
Garner’s senior season in 2011-2012 was one of the most decorated for an Aggie in the history of Cameron basketball. He averaged 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year, as well as a Second Team All-American. He was also selected to the South Central All Region Team.
Cannen Cunningham/6’10/225 lbs/Forward/Southern Methodist University
With an ability to play above the rim and run the floor, Cannen Cunningham will be a key player for the EYG WINGS China Tour team. A 6’10 power forward, Cunningham recently finished his playing career at SMU, where he averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior, and shot 55 percent from the floor.
Cunningham was a vital member of SMU’s first NCAA Tournament team in 22 years in 2015. He played in 34 games, starting five, and was one of head coach Larry Brown’s unsung heroes. He’s also an intimidating presence in the paint defensively. His 110 career blocked shots rank seventh all-time at SMU.
In his final two seasons as a Mustang, SMU enjoyed two of the best seasons in program history. They won the conference regular season and tournament championships, and qualified for their first NCAA Tournament since 1993 in 2015. In Cunningham’s junior season in 2014, the Mustangs advanced all the way to the finals of NIT.
Glen Dandridge/ 6’8/220 lbs/Guard/University of Missouri
Perhaps the most decorated member of the EYG WINGS China Tour, Glen Dandridge joins the roster already with a bevy of professional basketball experience. Since turning pro in 2008, Dandridge has played seven seasons of professional basketball in seven different countries, including Canada, Belgium, Morocco, New Zealand and with the ABA’s San Diego Surf.
In 2013, Dandridge spent time in the NBA Summer League, playing for the Orlando Magic. Later that season, he signed with the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand NBL. Before injuring his elbow, Dandridge enjoyed one of the best stretches of his professional career with Canterbury. In 13 games, he averaged 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and tied the NBL record for three-pointers made in a game with nine.
A 6’8 wing, Dandridge played three seasons of collegiate ball at the University of Missouri, before transferring to Lambuth University for his senior year. In one season at Lambuth, Dandridge thrived, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game.
Selected to join Williams on the bench as an assistant coach for the EYG WINGS China Tour team will be Nate Gamet. Gamet currently serves as the head coach at Cameron University, an NCAA Division II program in Lawton, Okla. He is entering his third season at the helm of the Aggies, after spending five seasons as an assistant coach.
Gamet has recruited some of the top talent to come to Cameron in the past decade, including 2012 LSC Player of the Year, Milton Garner, and 2013 LSC Player of the Year Craig Foster. Additionally, Gamet has coached 11 All-Conference selections while at Cameron.
Gamet came to CU from Northwest Missouri State University, where he helped lead the Bearcats for five seasons.
China trip has been delayed. Event is being re-scheduled.
For the second year in a row, Elevate Your Game, Inc. and head coach Charles H. Williams will take a group of basketball players looking for professional contracts to China to play against the Chinese Basketball Association as part of the WINGS China Tour. All 12 players are currently free agents, hoping to catch on with a franchise where they can further their dreams of play professional basketball.
The two-week tour will showcase the talents of the entire roster for scouts and professional teams as they battle some of the best squads in China. The CBA is quickly becoming one of the top professional leagues in the world, and the EYG crew is hoping to show off its talents to the league.
The Elevate Your Game WINGS China Tour team is made up of two esteemed coaches and a dozen players who have all proven their worth, either collegiately or professionally.
Charles H. Williams- Head Coach
Head coach Charles H. Williams will lead WINGS to China. Williams has over 15 years of coaching experience, serving as the founder and director of Elevate Your Game, Inc. since 1999. He also has experience coaching college and professional basketball. Williams was most recently at the helm of Dallas Christian College where he spent seven years. In his time at DCC, Williams won two ACCA National Championships in 2011 and 2013, and was named the national coach of the year three times.
In 2000, Williams spent one season in Mexico as the head coach of Los Santos, a franchise in Circuito Mexicana de Basketball League (CIMEBA). Williams’ coaching prowess was on display that year, as he was awarded coach of the year honors at the end of the season.
In addition to his ample coaching experience, Williams also played professionally for 15 seasons after wrapping up his playing days at Oklahoma State in 1985. He spent time in countries all around the globe, including Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Greece, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Williams’ time in multiple Latin American countries has helped him to speak fluent Spanish, a skill that has helped him recruit and coach players from around the world.
Williams is widely respected by many high-profile coaches. Former NBA and current SMU coach Larry Brown, Kansas head coach Bill Self and former NBA coach Del Harris all have worked with and speak highly of him. Williams handpicked the twelve players for the WINGS China Tour team, as well as assistant coach Nate Gamet and the rest of the staff for the EYG WINGS China Tour.