Pat Andree, former CBA star, ready for pro basketball career leap

Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET May 13, 2020
5-6 minutes
Some 40 years after Bob Roma set it, Pat Andree eclipsed his total of 1,671 career points

He’s made an impression everywhere he’s shot a basketball for a team.

From the hardwood floors at his high school alma mater of Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, Pat Andree is ready to take the next step in his basketball career.

He’s ready to go pro.

“It is what I have wanted to do. I pictured myself graduating college and going on this route,” said Colts Neck native Andree, a 6-foot-8 forward who’s a skilled catch-and-shoot threat on offense. “My dad Tim played overseas for seven or eight years. So, when I moved from Lehigh University to North Carolina State University and away from my family and friends, it was a trial run of what life would be like living on my own.”

Andree, an All-ACC Academic Team selection at N.C. State, has signed with IPZ, an alliance with Warren-based Zito Partners, as he tests the market.

John Crotty (Class of 1987) is the CBA grad that has made the biggest professional basketball impact thus far. The Colts had an 82-6 record over Crotty’s final three seasons, winning three straight South Jersey Parochial A titles and the state Parochial A crown during his sophomore campaign. As a senior, the point guard averaged 23.1 points-per-game. He went on to score 1,646 points at Virginia, where he still holds the mark for career assists, before playing 11 seasons in the NBA.

Recruiting expert Jay Gomes of njhoops.rivals.com said playing overseas will allow Andree to establish his level going forward.

“I think he has a chance to have a long career in Europe. In a few years, he may have a chance to catch on with an NBA team to get a summer league invite because he has a great skill. He can shoot the ball and shoot it from deep,” Gomes said.

Andree was a four-year player at CBA and graduated in 2016 after leading the team in scoring, rebounding and 3-pointers made during his senior season. He finished his illustrious high school career with 1,984 career points and became the school’s all-time leading scorer by breaking Bob Roma’s mark that stood for 40 years.

From there, he played in 86 games in three seasons at Lehigh, starting in 63 games, shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

His final collegiate destination was North Carolina State as a graduate transfer, and he played in 27 games, starting five of them, shot 30.2 percent from the field, including 32.6 percent from 3-point range, and averaged 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

“Pat is a terrific young man and he was a great addition to our program,” said North Carolina State head basketball coach Kevin Keatts. “He is an elite-level shooter who has an incredible knowledge of the game. He also has a strong work ethic and is a fantastic teammate. Pat’s presence will make any locker room better and I believe he has a long professional career in front of him.”

Andree said leaving Lehigh for his final year of college eligibility wasn’t easy.

“I loved Lehigh a lot. We lost in the championship game of the Patriot League tournament my freshman year and I was 72 points short of 1,000 for my career. If I had stayed, I’m sure I would have went over 1,000 career points,” Andree said. “But I wanted a different experience (to close out my college career) and playing in the ACC was a great challenge.”

Now, the next obstacle is getting on the radar of some NBA teams or overseas teams this year.

The NBA announced on May 1 that it postponed its 2020 Draft Lottery and Draft Combine, which were both scheduled to take place in May, to an undetermined date later this year. The 2020 NBA Draft was scheduled for an in-person experience for June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. But with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting the world right now, those plans are likely to change. The 2019-2020 NBA season has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March.

However, the professional basketball scene being put on pause hasn’t stopped Andree from his training for his goals. At minimum, he wants to get some pre-draft invites to NBA camps.

“Right now, I’m staying at home and using my backyard for my workouts,” Andree said. “There is a camp in Las Vegas (that I have my eye on). I’m looking to get in front of NBA scouts. I’m trying to get invites for workouts from my local teams, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. I’m trying to get NBA G-League invites, too.”

Sherlon Christie is a sports reporter at the Asbury Park Press and has covered sports at the Jersey Shore since 2004. Contact him at schristie@gannettnj.com or @sherlonapp on Twitter.

Pat Andree, former basketball star, ready for pro basketball career leap

Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 a.m. ET May 13, 2020
5-6 minutes
Some 40 years after Bob Roma set it, Pat Andree eclipsed his total of 1,671 career points

He’s made an impression everywhere he’s shot a basketball for a team.

From the hardwood floors at his high school alma mater of Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, Pat Andree is ready to take the next step in his basketball career.

He’s ready to go pro.

“It is what I have wanted to do. I pictured myself graduating college and going on this route,” said Colts Neck native Andree, a 6-foot-8 forward who’s a skilled catch-and-shoot threat on offense. “My dad Tim played overseas for seven or eight years. So, when I moved from Lehigh University to North Carolina State University and away from my family and friends, it was a trial run of what life would be like living on my own.”

Andree, an All-ACC Academic Team selection at N.C. State, has signed with IPZ, an alliance with Warren-based Zito Partners, as he tests the market.

John Crotty (Class of 1987) is the CBA grad that has made the biggest professional basketball impact thus far. The Colts had an 82-6 record over Crotty’s final three seasons, winning three straight South Jersey Parochial A titles and the state Parochial A crown during his sophomore campaign. As a senior, the point guard averaged 23.1 points-per-game. He went on to score 1,646 points at Virginia, where he still holds the mark for career assists, before playing 11 seasons in the NBA.

Recruiting expert Jay Gomes of njhoops.rivals.com said playing overseas will allow Andree to establish his level going forward.

“I think he has a chance to have a long career in Europe. In a few years, he may have a chance to catch on with an NBA team to get a summer league invite because he has a great skill. He can shoot the ball and shoot it from deep,” Gomes said.

Andree was a four-year player at CBA and graduated in 2016 after leading the team in scoring, rebounding and 3-pointers made during his senior season. He finished his illustrious high school career with 1,984 career points and became the school’s all-time leading scorer by breaking Bob Roma’s mark that stood for 40 years.

From there, he played in 86 games in three seasons at Lehigh, starting in 63 games, shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

His final collegiate destination was North Carolina State as a graduate transfer, and he played in 27 games, starting five of them, shot 30.2 percent from the field, including 32.6 percent from 3-point range, and averaged 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

“Pat is a terrific young man and he was a great addition to our program,” said North Carolina State head basketball coach Kevin Keatts. “He is an elite-level shooter who has an incredible knowledge of the game. He also has a strong work ethic and is a fantastic teammate. Pat’s presence will make any locker room better and I believe he has a long professional career in front of him.”

Andree said leaving Lehigh for his final year of college eligibility wasn’t easy.

“I loved Lehigh a lot. We lost in the championship game of the Patriot League tournament my freshman year and I was 72 points short of 1,000 for my career. If I had stayed, I’m sure I would have went over 1,000 career points,” Andree said. “But I wanted a different experience (to close out my college career) and playing in the ACC was a great challenge.”

Now, the next obstacle is getting on the radar of some NBA teams or overseas teams this year.

The NBA announced on May 1 that it postponed its 2020 Draft Lottery and Draft Combine, which were both scheduled to take place in May, to an undetermined date later this year. The 2020 NBA Draft was scheduled for an in-person experience for June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. But with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting the world right now, those plans are likely to change. The 2019-2020 NBA season has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March.

However, the professional basketball scene being put on pause hasn’t stopped Andree from his training for his goals. At minimum, he wants to get some pre-draft invites to NBA camps.

“Right now, I’m staying at home and using my backyard for my workouts,” Andree said. “There is a camp in Las Vegas (that I have my eye on). I’m looking to get in front of NBA scouts. I’m trying to get invites for workouts from my local teams, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. I’m trying to get NBA G-League invites, too.”

Sherlon Christie is a sports reporter at the Asbury Park Press and has covered sports at the Jersey Shore since 2004. Contact him at schristie@gannettnj.com or @sherlonapp on Twitter.

Aleksei Oleinik admits he was ‘afraid’ of contracting COVID-19 during UFC 249 fight week

Despite the UFC touting its health and safety protocols for fight week in Jacksonville, Florida, Aleksei Oleinik admitted he was still ‘afraid’ of contracting COVID-19.

 

The UFC heavyweight, who defeated former champion Fabricio Werdum by unanimous decision on the UFC 249 prelims, told tass.ru afterwards that Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza’s positive test on Friday evening caused him to be concerned about potentially contracting the disease.

 

“I was afraid that I would bring this infection home. But since [Jacare’s positive test], they tested everyone, I didn’t refuse to fight. And so yes — I was afraid.”

 

Read the full story here.

UFC 249: Size of Next Opponent’s Name Most Important for Aleksei Oleinik

Longtime heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik earned arguably the biggest win of his career at UFC 249.

The 42-year-old known as “The Boa Constrictor” is a veteran of over 70 professional fights, but defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum certainly has to be up there.

Oleinik (59-13-1) told media outlets including Cageside Press during a virtual post-fight press scrum following the event that “it’s one of the biggest names [of his career]. Maybe not the biggest, but one of the biggest.”

Read the full story here.

 

ETFMG Extends Sponsorship of UFC Veteran Heavyweight Alexey Oleynik

SUMMIT, N.J.May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ETF Managers Group (ETFMG), an industry leader in bringing innovative thematic ETFs to market, has announced the extension of its headline-making partnership with powerhouse UFC heavyweight, Alexey Oleynik. The extension of this unique sponsorship comes ahead of Oleynik’s upcoming fight in UFC’s highly anticipated return to live television this Saturday, May 9, in Jacksonville, FL.

Oleynik, known to UFC fans as “The Boa Constrictor,” has been representing ETFMG’s rare marketing efforts, successfully bridging the gap between next gen investors and the financial community since March of 2019. With the extension of his contract, Oleynik will continue as a brand representative for MJ (NYSE:MJ), the U.S. first and world’s largest cannabis ETF, GAMR (NYSE:GAMR), the first video game tech ETF, along with the addition of the firm’s most recent product launch, IVES (NYSE:IVES), giving investors access to the next $1T in global cloud technology spending.

 

See the full story here.

Chris Silva Featured in Spurs and Feathers Magazine

DREAMSCAPE: Chris Silva fulfills lifelong quest, enjoys NBA rookie season with Miami Heat

Some days Chris Silva stands on the balcony of his high-rise apartment in downtown Miami and peers right, over the rollerbladers below and past American Airlines Arena. He gazes over Bayside Marina, beyond the docked cruise ships and out onto the horizon.

Somewhere in the distance lies his past, in Gabon, Africa, where he was an unknown youth with untapped potential — on the basketball court and in life — and a dream.

Read more here.

Bob Zito in ROI-NJ on How COVID-19 is Impacting Sports and Entertainment

At IPZ, diversity of clients — and sectors represented — always is on display

How Warren-based agency continues to represent athletes, entertainers from around the world during coronavirus crisis

 

The diversity of clients the agency represents is worth noting. And it’s not just having basketball, baseball and soccer stars along with mixed martial arts competitors. Or a Ukranian actress, bilingual Hispanic TV personality from Colombia and a voice-over specialist from Florida.

No, it’s the total mixture of sports and entertainment that makes Warren-based IPZ different, founder and Managing Partner Bob Zito said. And he said he wouldn’t have it any other way…

 

Read the full story here.

IPZ New Talent Announcement in NJBiz

College basketball star signs with Zito Partners-allied IPZ

Pat Andree, an All-ACC Academic Team selection at North Carolina State University and one the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Elite 3-Point shooters, has signed with IPZ, an alliance with Warren-based Zito Partners.

The 6-foot-8-inch power forward hails from Colts Neck, and Christian Brothers Academy, one of New Jersey’s perennial high school powerhouse programs, where he became the school’s leading scorer, breaking the 40-year-old record set by Bob Roma.

Read more here.

IPZ Signs Pat Andree in CentralJersey

Colts Neck native, CBA grad Pat Andree ready to start pro basketball career

Pat Andree is gearing up for the next chapter in his basketball career. Andree, a native of Colts Neck, has signed with the sports agency IPZ and is preparing to play professional basketball overseas.

 

Read more here.

Andree Signs…Oleynik and Prudius Wait…FDNY Serves…and Clayton Joins – IPZ’s Latest Newsletter

Pat Andree to be Represented by IPZ

Pat Andree, an All-ACC Academic Team selection at North Carolina State University and one the NCAA’s Elite 3-Point shooters, has signed with IPZ, Andree and IPZ announced today.

The six-foot-eight stretch 4 power forward comes from Colts Neck, N.J., and Christian Brothers Academy, one of New Jersey’s perennial high school powerhouse programs, where he became the school’s leading scorer, breaking the 40-year-old record set by Bob Roma.

From CBA, Andree went to Lehigh University, starting in multiple games as a freshman on a senior-laden team that went to the Patriot League championship game. During his freshman season with the Mountain Hawks, Andree broke onto the national scene with an ESPN Top Ten performance, scoring a career-high 30 points against Saint Francis (Pa.). In that game, Andree made 10 threes (on 12 attempts) to set a school record.

During his sophomore season, Andree started in 29 of 30 games, averaging 12.6 points and shooting 42.9 percent from three-point range (79-184), helping the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Semi-Finals. Andree tormented league opponents as a match-up nightmare, stretching the floor as the league’s top Frontcourt 3-Point shooter, shooting 48.7% (55-113) from behind the arc in league play. He was 4th overall in the league in 3-point shooting, and 23rd in the nation, reaching double figures in 21 games and adding 5.8 rebounds per game. He was named First team All-Academic Patriot League.

During his junior season at Lehigh, Andree led the team in rebounds, was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second straight season and had double-figure points in 22 of 29 games. He averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds and shot better than 42 percent from behind the arc in his final two seasons with the Mountain Hawks.

He was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll each year as a student-athlete during his tenure at Lehigh, graduating in three-years, and earning a degree in Psychology in May 2019.

At NC State, as a graduate transfer, Andree was named to the All-ACC Academic team, despite suffering an ankle injury versus Clemson in the 16th game of the season. Until that point in the season, he was averaging 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 22 minutes per game, starting in four of those games. He had shot 48% (23 of 48) from behind the three-point line up to that point in the season and was ranked among the top 5 in the ACC.

In the opening game of the season against Georgia Tech, Andree started for the Wolfpack scoring 12 points and pulling down 8 rebounds in his ACC debut. Against Florida Int’l, with the Wolfpack down 12 points in the first half, he came off the bench to score 14 consecutive points in under three minutes, including a 4-for-4 stretch from 3-point land to spark North Carolina State a runaway victory. On the road against UNC Wilmington, Andree knocked down 5-of-7 three-point attempts to lift the Wolfpack to a one-point Quad 1 win while surpassing 1,000 career points in NCAA-Division 1 play.

After knocking down a crucial 3-point shot versus Syracuse on the road, Andree suffered an injury to his ankle and his play was limited during the remainder of the season.

“Pat is a terrific young man and he was a great addition to our program,” said North Carolina State head basketball coach Kevin Keatts. “He is an elite-level shooter who has an incredible knowledge of the game. He also has a strong work ethic and is a fantastic teammate. Pat’s presence will make any locker room better and I believe he has a long professional career in front of him.”

“Patrick is not just an outstanding athlete, he is an amazing young man who has a tremendous basketball IQ and will only excel in the future,” said IPZ Managing Partner Robert Zito. “He has fully recovered from the ankle injury that impacted his season at NC State, and will be an asset to a professional team moving forward.”

“I had a great experience at North Carolina State, following my three-years at Lehigh,” said Andree. “I was so excited to play in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments, but the COVID-19 pandemic robbed everyone of that dream this year. I was pleased to have garnered the interest of several agents as my desire to continue to play basketball as a professional is strong and I am seriously committed to further developing my game. I feel very fortunate to have joined the IPZ family and proud to have their team of professionals helping me.”

Alexey Oleynik Set To Take On Next Opponent In UFC 250…

Alexey Oleynik signs his fight contract with Sam Masucci, CEO of ETF Managers Group, his sponsor. Photo by Jim Salzano.

While he has continued to train for his May 9 fight against former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, IPZ’s Alexey Oleynik is still awaiting confirmation about the site for what will be one of UFC’s biggest ever events.

“It has been frustrating, but I understand everyone’s safety is the most important concern,” Oleynik said. “Keeping my family safe and the safety of our UFC fans has to be the key.”

The star-studded card was announced this week.

“I welcome the fight against Werdum,” said Oleynik. “When the fight can eventually happen, we will put on a good show. And don’t bet against me.”

Known as the “Boa Constrictor,” Oleynik has a record of 58-13-1 and won his last fight, against Maurice Greene with a second round submission.

Oleg Prudius Puts “Miami Heat” on Hold Amidst COVID-19

Photo by Slav Gordeyev

Photo by Slav Gordeyev

Oleg Prudius was two weeks away from completing shooting on the new movie, Miami Heat, when the coronavirus shut down filming in Miami.

“It was unfortunate, but we all understand the need to save lives,” said Prudius.

Miami Heat stars Prudius as a dad who searches for his daughter after she is abducted by a ruthless sex trafficking ring.

“I have to kill the bad guys,” Oleg said with a laugh. “Easy for me to do.”

Supporting the FDNY and First Responders

Our IPZ family knows I serve as the vice-chair of the FDNY Foundation. These past five weeks have been especially hard on our first responders, including those in the FDNY, both firefighters and EMS personnel.

Thanks to Bill Schwartz, CEO and founding partner of Vector Media, and a fellow FDNY Foundation Board member, New Yorkers are being reminded that our first responders need our support now.

Thanks Bill. And thanks to the members of the FDNY who are working around the clock to help New York…and first responders around the country who are on the front lines in fighting this pandemic.

For more information or to contribute, please visit www.fdnyfoundation.org

Emily Clayton Joins IPZ as Client Sponsorships Manager

Emily Clayton has joined IPZ as Client Sponsorships Manager, effective April 1.

A 2018 graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and Specialization in Sport and Entertainment Management, Emily worked in the Corporate Partnerships department for the Miami Heat during Dwyane Wade’s final season. After the 2018-19 basketball season, she transitioned to the agency side of sports and entertainment management as an event coordinator at Octagon.

A North Carolina native and resident, Emily is a certified personal trainer, as well as a certified nutrition coach.

“I look forward to working with IPZ’s clients in their endeavors outside of their chosen sport or media,” Clayton said. “With new technological advances and social media platforms, I know each of our clients will find a niche tailored to their own interests. It’s my job to help them find those opportunities.”

“In her first few weeks, Emily has brought enthusiasm, out-of-the-box thinking and a disciplined approach to her role that we hope pays dividends for our clients,” said IPZ Managing Partner, Robert Zito. “Best of all, she doesn’t hesitate to pick up the phone call and call people – sometimes a missing talent with today’s young professionals.”