A pair of one-year Hawks head to Turkey, Greg Brunner remains a tough guy and a darn good player in Italy

Published: March 3 2010 | 8:43 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 8:22 pm in
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Ricky Davis has been on six different NBA teams in 12 seasons since he left Iowa after his freshman season. For the first time in his career, he was a man without a team when the Los Angeles Clippers waived him.

So Davis is headed to Turkey to play the rest of the season there for Turk Telekom Ankara. I'm guessing the Turkish basketball life isn't quite like the NBA's. It's not even a guess, really.

A month ago, ex-Hawkeye Tyler Smith signed with Bornova of the Turkish League, to spend the rest of this season there before becoming eligible for the NBA draft in June. Lotsa luck with that.

Smith transferred to Tennessee after spending one year at Iowa. He was kicked off Bruce Pearl's Volunteers this season because of his arrest to possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Someone who played four years at Iowa, fan-favorite Greg Brunner, continues to play well overseas. Brunner (SportMagazine photo) had 12 points and 15 rebounds for his Sigma Coatings Montenegro team in Italy on Sunday.

This is a recent post on Brunner's Facebook page:

Greg Brunner Is at the dentist getting his 6th tooth that has either been knocked out or broken in half from an elbow. Great feelings. Add that to around 8 broken noses and 50+ stitches in my face makes me real attractive.

And, ex-Hawkeye Pierre Pierce is averaging 14 points for Hyeres-Toulon in France. That same team just released former Michigan player Daniel Horton, who was not held in the same esteem as Pierce by the coaching staff.

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