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Douglas opts for big bucks and will play in Russia

Former Bell-Jeff star will not play in NBA: For most of the summer,

former Bellarmine-Jefferson High basketball standout Ruben Douglas

has been trying to earn a place on an NBA team.

After a successful season competing in Italy, Douglas was given a


chance and had a spot on the New York Knicks’ summer roster.

But it looks as if the 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard will not play in

the premier league next season. Instead, Douglas stands to make a lot

more money playing in Europe.


Douglas will likely sign and play next season with Dinamo Moscow,

a team in the Russian League.

If Douglas, 25, would have signed with an NBA team, he would have

probably earned the rookie minium of under $300,000. However, he

stands to make $800,000 a year with Dinamo Moscow.

It will be Douglas’ third team in as many seasons, as he played in

Italy last season and in Greece in 2004.

Douglas had some success with the Knicks, scoring 27 and 20 points


in summer-league games.

Douglas, 25 -- a former Leader Boys’ Basketball All-Area Player of

the Year and All-CIF Division IV Player of the Year -- is coming off

a successful season playing in Italy for Climamio Bologna.

His solid play led Climamio to the league finals for the ninth

time in the last 10 years, although the squad managed just one title

during that span.

Climamio faced off against Armani Jeans Milan in a best-of-five


series, with game four taking place June 16 in Milan. Climamio held a

2-1 lead in the series.

With seven seconds left in the game and Climamio trailing, 65-64,

Milan’s Dante Calabria missed a three-point attempt. The long rebound

was picked up by Climamio’s Gianluca Basile who passed to Douglas.

Douglas turned and buried a three-pointer from just inside half-court

with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to give his team the

championship, 67-65.

Douglas was trying to find his way into the NBA after being

overlooked in the 2003 draft. The guard wasn’t selected, despite

averaging 28 points per game -- 32.1 in the Mountain West Conference

-- and being named conference player of the year at University of New


His 28-point average led the nation for NCAA Division I players.

He played as a freshman at Arizona before transferring and playing

three years for the Lobos.

Woo earns way to elite golf tournament: It has been a busy summer

for recent Burbank High graduate Grace Woo, who has been taking part

in women’s golf tournaments across the country.

Beginning Monday, Woo will compete in one of the biggest events of

her career, as she has earned a spot in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur

at Ansley Golf Club Settindown Creek Course in Rosewell, Ga.

Woo will tee off on the first hole at 9:52 a.m.

The Women’s Amateur has long identified some of golf’s greatest

women players, many of whom have gone on to successful professional

careers. Among the past champions are Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson

Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Marlene Stewart Streit, Anne Quast Sander,

Barbara McIntire, Catherine Lacoste, Carol Semple Thompson and Beth

Daniel, whom all have all secured a place in women’s golf history.

Last year’s champion was Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga.

Woo, who is headed to UNLV, graduated from Burbank as the most

successful high school girls’ golfer in city history.

Woo is a three-time Foothill League Player of the Year and a

four-time CIF Southern Section postseason qualifier.

Her biggest prep accomplishment came in November when she took

part in the prestigious CIF-Women’s State Championship at Red Hills

Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. She didn’t disappoint, finishing

second with an even-par 72, just one shot behind the winner.

Woo earned a spot in the state competition with a fine result in a

qualifying event. She fired a four-under-par 68 at the SCGA Golf Club

to finish second in the Southern California Regional championship.

Woo also has experience competing in American Junior Golf Assn.

amateur tournaments across the nation.

Indians finish summer league with a victory: The Burroughs High

boys’ soccer team did well in its own summer event, ending the league

Wednesday with a 4-1 win against Sylmar.

The Indians (5-2-2) finish third in the 12-team league behind

Monroe and Sylmar.

Burroughs scored two goals in the first 20 minutes against Sylmar

to take control. Carlos Navarro and Junior Hernandez scored the goals

with shots from outside the penalty box.

After giving up a goal to make it, 2-1, the Indians scored goals

at the 65th and 70th minute to seal the game. Chris Hernandez scored

off a cross from Bryant Castillo and Abraham Ramirez scored on a

rebound of a Guillermo Diaz shot.

Defenders Rudy Nava and Spencer Ross were outstanding in back,

keeping the team organized.

Jones trying to hook up with pro basketball team: Former

Providence High basketball standout Derek Jones is attempting to

continue his career as a professional.

Although Jones is trying to make an NBA squad, he has been getting

praise competing for the American Basketball Assn.'s Los Angeles


In a game two weeks ago, Jones scored 20 points and grabbed seven

rebounds for his team in a 102-100 loss to Team Unity in Pro Summer

League play at the Long Beach Pyramid.

Jones is attempting to make it as a professional after success at

Providence and in college at UC Santa Clara.

He ended his collegiate career with a fine senior campaign last

fall. Unfortunately for the Banana Slugs, their season didn’t go as

well, as they finished 6-19 (5-12 in NCAA Division III).

Jones, a 6-foot-7 center/forward, was a leader on the floor for

Santa Clara, as the captain started every one of his team’s 24 games.

Averaging 26 minutes a game, he led the squad with 12 points and 6.6

rebounds a game. Along with 30 assists, he also had 25 blocks and

nine steals.

In his senior season with the Pioneers in 2001, Jones was a

dominant presence in the middle. He was the league’s co-most valuable

player, averaging 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks a game. He

was also honored with All-CIF Southern Section Division IVA

second-team selection and All-Area first-team selections.

Locals do well in area golf tournament: Burroughs High’s Jeff

Looby and Amanda Keith of Burbank had fine results July 21 at the

16th annual Burbank City Junior Championship at De Bell Municipal

Golf Course.

Looby fired a two-over-par 73 over 18 holes and finished second in

the Boys’ 16-17 Flight. Keith shot a 79 in the Girls’ 15-17 Flight

and finished second in a card-off.

The champions included: Kevin Bognot (71) in the Boys’ 16-17;

Niraj Lal (73) in the Boys’ 14-15; Jonathan Noori (71) in the Boys’

12-13; Troix Tonkham (39 for nine holes) in the Boys’ 11 and under;

Michelle Mannix (79) in the Girls’ 15-17; Rebecca Song (78) in the

Girls’ 12-14; Monica Petchakan (42 for nine holes).

Fencers shine in competition: Athletes who train with Coach Al

Carter in Burbank did well earlier this month in the United States

Fencing Summer National Competition in Sacramento.

Max Griffin placed sixth in one of his events and Carter placed


Resident Mary Spohn also attended and put forth a good effort in

her events.

The locals were competing against fencers from across the nation,

including some Olympic hopefuls.

Jeff Tully