Hoosiers in the Pros Update: Derek Elston
Feb. 27, 2014
Elston's season for the Floriana Basketball Club of the Malta Basketball Association (MBA) has been a success. Elston has dominated for The Greens and was named MBA Player of the Month in both October and November.
"It's been very fun to be playing again," said Elston. "[I've] definitely proven to myself that I can still play."
While stats in the MBA have not been readily available for every game, unofficial stats for 17 games @ProBallHoosiers was able to compile include Elston averaging 26.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Elston's high for points on the season is 44 and he grabbed a season high 18 rebounds as well.
"This year was a transition season for Floriana Basketball, a bit like IU's in fact," said a Floriana BC representative. "We added young talented players, who have great potential but little experience at top division. We were lucky to have had Derek who was an outstanding player for us. He had an immediate impact, winning the October and November player of the month award. He gave his all in every game and was undoubtedly the best player in Malta this season," the representative said via email. "[W]e are extremely happy with the effort and performance of Derek as well as all the young players. We are sure that the valuable experience earned by young players this season will bear fruit in the future."
Floriana BC (@FlorianaBC) is very active on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. "We had loads of followers from Indiana, so it was a pleasure. We are all IU fans now," wrote the represenative.
Will Elston be the first player to go from the MBA to the NBA? Well, that remains to be seen. But, he certainly has enjoyed his first year in the pros.
Here is a Q&A with Elston which was conducted via email:
How did the opportunity to play professional ball in Malta come about?
How is the talent level in the Malta Basketball Association?
What are the biggest adjustments you've made transitioning from the college level to the pros?
What's a typical week for you like? How are practices set up?
About halfway through your season, your coach and the team separated. How did that affect the team?
We've read some tweets from you supporting the IU team. How are you able to follow the games? Can you get audio or stream the games?
Do you keep in contact with the team now?
Have you met any Hoosiers while in Malta?
How have you enjoyed living in Malta? Tell me about your experience and the culture.
What's next? How long does your season last and what is the next stop?
Check back soon