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Moore and Hasbrouck Return Home From Europe
- Updated: May 21, 2014
Photo courtesy of Siena Athletics
Former Siena Saints Ronald Moore and Kenny Hasbrouck recently returned to Loudonville after wrapping up their 2013-2014 pro seasons in Europe. Having completed their fourth and fifth professional seasons respectively, Moore and Hasbrouck each had to deal with less than ideal conditions at times this year but were still able to refine their craft, each finishing strong.
Moore began this season playing for Cherkasy in the Ukranian Superleague where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists (2nd in league) per game. Political turmoil in the country escalated however and with the impending danger Moore knew it was time to leave.
“Playing and living in Ukraine was very different from all my other experiences,” said Moore. “Living in Ukraine is not the most exciting place in the world. But, to add the scary situation of the riots and war that started made it a very unsafe and uneasy place to be.”
There was a bit of unrest within his team’s organization as well.
“Basketball wise in Ukraine I ended up having 3 different coaches which made it hard not only for myself but for my team to get comfortable as a team and build chemistry,” Moore said. “I played well which setup my opportunity to leave Ukraine due to the riots and go to Italy.”
After being granted his release, Moore signed with JuveCaserta of the SerieA in Italy, one of the top leagues in Europe. In 10 games he averaged 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
“Once I arrived in Italy it was like night and day between the two countries on the court and off the court,” Moore describes. “Italy was all around a better place for me. Playing in Italy is the highest level of play I have played so far in my career. I believe my game is getting better and better each year because I am constantly learning the game.”
Moore’s play impressed JuveCaserta so much that he has already signed for next season to return with the team. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue playing at a high level while enjoying life off the court as well.
“Off the court living in Italy is beautiful,” Moore said. “Living in the south of Italy, the weather was nice and the living is nice. I was able to travel and see a lot of the historical cities in Italy and taste the great Italian food.”
Summing it up Moore said, “I would describe my season overall a very good season from a basketball stand point. It started off a little rough and turned around for the better.”
For Hasbrouck this season got off to a bit of a challenging start. After signing late, he joined Mersin of the TBL in Turkey, 9 games into the schedule. In 16 games he averaged 7.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and .9 assists per game in somewhat limited minutes until late in the season.
Pulling no punches Hasbrouck said, “It was a bad season. I got there late, had a few injuries and I didn’t play a lot of minutes for some reason…still nobody knows why.”
Hasbrouck, who has previously played in Spain, Germany and Italy would not rank Turkey as one of his favorites.
“Off the court just wasn’t a good experience, said Hasbrouck. “It’s the first time I didn’t enjoy the city at all. It wasn’t my best living experience, I was in a small village so I don’t want to knock all of Turkey but it’s not a place I would like to visit ever again.”
Once given more of a chance, Hasbrouck was able to showcase his talents averaging 15.7 points and 3.7 steals over the final three games of the season. After finishing strong, he looks forward to moving on next season as he weighs his options in looking for a more stable situation.
“The competition there was great, they have one of the best leagues in Europe,” explains Hasbrouck. “I felt like I’ve gotten better but I just wasn’t given the opportunity to show it until my last few games. It was my worst experience yet as pro. I made some great friends from my team though, so it wasn’t all bad.”