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RBA Sports announces the signing of Jamine "Greedy" Peterson (6'6 220 SF Providence)

 

Jamine "Greedy" Peterson

(6'6 220 SF Providence)

 

RBA Sports announces the signing of former Providence stand-out Jamine "Greedy" Peterson. RBA believes Peterson (6'6", 220 lbs.) is the best scorer in the 2011 NBA Draft class and has the potential to be a future NBA All-Star.

 

Peterson recently exploded for 40 points and 13 rebounds while playing for the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League. He followed up that performance with 36 points and 12 rebounds to close out the 2010-2011 season.

 

Prior to that, Peterson was one of the best players in the Big East Conference during the 2009-2010 Season, averaging a Double-double (19 points and 10 rebounds) for the Providence Friars.

 

 

"Mt. Vernon", Vernon Goodridge
(6'10 235 PF/C LaSalle)

 

Vernon Goodridge, who finished the 2010-2011 as one of the top shot-blockers in the NBA Development League, recently participated in Free Agent mini-camps for the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. Vernon was able to impress all four organizations and was compared at one point to Serge Ibaka by Miami Heat President Pat Riley. Top teams from Spain's ACB League, Israel's first division, along with several other international teams have also expressed a serious interest in signing Vernon for the upcoming season. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming CBA talks between the owners and the NBPA, Vernon is very close to achieving his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
 

 

Marvin Phillips
(6'7 230 SF/PF Ft. Wayne Mad Ants)

 

Marvin Phillips, who finished the 2010-2011 Season as the top rebounder in the NBA Development League and averaged a Double-double in only 26 minutes of PT, has serious interest from multiple NBA teams to attend training camp once the CBA issue is settled. Phillips also has serious interest from several top teams in Spain, France and Italy, among other countries.
 

 

Rashad Bishop
(6'6 220 SF Cincinnati)

 

Rashad Bishop recently impressed Scouts at an NBA pre-draft workout with the New Jersey Nets. Prior to that, Bishop was a stand-out at the University of Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament this past season, where he scored 22 points against the eventual National Champion UConn Huskies. Bishop has interest from multiple NBA teams to attend training camp once the CBA is settled. Bishop has also generated serious interest from International teams, including top teams in Hungary and Cyprus, among others.
 

 

Ruben Guillandeaux
(6'6 210 PG/SG LaSalle)

 

Ruben Guillandeaux will begin playing for Titanes Club in the Dominican Republic in early July and has received serious interest from Spain's LEB Gold League, along with teams from other markets including Greece, Germany and Turkey. Guillandeaux recently finished his senior season at La Salle University and his versatility made him one of the Explorers' most valuable players over the course of his career. His coach, Dr. John Giannini, called Ruben the team's best outside shooter, ball handler and passer.
 

 

 
RBA Gives Back



RBA is proud to announce that three of our players, Vernon Goodridge, Jamine Peterson and Antoine Pearson, will be participating in the 2011 Malone Mulhall Benefit Game. The event will take place at St. John's University on July 30th at 1:00 PM. The game will serve as a fundraiser to create foundations and scholarships in memory of three young friends from New York who passed away in a fatal car accident last year on their way to their job as counselors at a day camp for troubled youths. The event has already received recognition from media outlets including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and others. Vernon, Jamine and Antoine are all very excited to contribute to such a worthy cause.

In This Issue
Jamine "Greedy" Peterson
Vernon Goodridge
Marvin Phillips
Rashad Bishop
Ruben Guillandeaux
RBA Gives Back
RBA Agent Spotlight
What is Sports Psychology?

RBA Agent Spotlight:
Brian Rubenstein on International Basketball


When RBA Sports was founded, we understood that the International Basketball scene would be essential to many of our clients. For every college basketball player who makes it to the NBA, there are several hundred who do not, but who still have the talent to play professionally.

 

The International Basketball landscape is so vast, that the best way for RBA to achieve the proper traction is to find compatible Agent partners throughout the world. Finding the right Agent partner in a region is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Some agents share our long-term goals and are willing to work with us on smaller deals for players that we agree can be big-time players down the road. Other agents are only interested in the highest commission for the upcoming season. Some agents pass along our player list, but don't take the time to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our players, while other agents work hard at getting the right information across to the right people and teams. I do my best to form relationships with the agents that have the player's best interest at heart, as we do, as opposed to the agents that just focus on the commission.

 

It is interesting to see how different each relationship of mine is with each partner. Personalities greatly differ throughout the six continents where we have partners. Some of my partners are very blunt in assessing our players, while others try to be more delicate. Some of them will keep in touch with me constantly, while others won't contact me unless they have something specific to tell me. What is most important to me is that my partners are truthful and work hard, and as long as they do that, there is never a problem. My partners should also understand that nobody knows our players as well as BJ and me. We have seen our guys countless times and we know their strengths and weaknesses. It is very important to us that each player is put in the best position to succeed. On the flip side, my partners should know that we realize that they know their local market a lot better than we do. We depend on them to help us find the best possible situation for each of our players and we realize this would not be possible without their knowledge and understanding of the region.

 

We have developed professional relationships with many teams and agents throughout each continent. I would even go so far as to say that I have developed real friendships with several of my agent partners. These agents will grow with us as we continue to develop something special at RBA.

 

In a relatively short time, we have already managed to place our players in five different continents and helped them navigate through two revolutions.


What is Sports Psychology?

 
Greg Chertok is the Director of Sport Psychology at The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in Englewood, NJ. In his first contribution to the RBA News Blog, Greg takes a look at the meaning of Sport Psychology and how best to define it:


The field of Sport Psychology, albeit young, is one that has gained increasing popularity since the 1980s. Now, if you were to hear the term 'psychology' - even in the context of athletics - and instinctually conjure images of a white-bearded gentleman psychoanalyzing a troubled individual lying on a couch, you would not be alone. However neither tattered white beard nor dark leather couch is a prerequisite for those of us who are titled Sport Psychology Consultants. Our role is to teach athletes mental skills that, in conjunction with physical training, can aid them in the following: overcoming anxiety, enhancing motivation, building self-confidence, sharpening concentration skills and increasing enjoyment while playing.

I've emphasized 'in conjunction with' because athletes cannot be considered creatures of strictly physical construction or strictly mental construction. They are, by nature, a multifaceted, dynamic, intricate species whose physical and mental faculties are powerfully interconnected. In other words, the ways athletes think and feel forcefully determine how they behave. Let's take a basketball example. We've all at some... 

 

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