Augustine Rubit wrapped up his University of South Alabama career as one of the most celebrated basketball players to ever wear the red, white and blue. Now, after signing a contract to play professionally in Europe, he hopes to find even more success.
The 6-foot-7 Houston native is joining the Walter Tigers Tuebingen of the Beko BBL, Germany’s top professional league. Other Americans on the roster are Michael Cuffee, Middle Tennessee; Jonathan Wallace, Georgetown; and Nicolas Wiggins, Wichita State.
Rubit is the only Jaguar to have been named to four All-Sun Belt Conference teams, and was the league’s Player of the Year as a senior. He finished as the SBC’s all-time rebounding leader (1,183), and set school marks for career free throws made (550) and attempted (763). He remained active by playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Rubit is the second member of last year’s USA team who will play overseas. Mychal Ammons signed in May with the Macedonian squad Feni Indistrija.
BayBears making moves
Mobile’s minor league baseball team is in the hunt for its third Southern League championship in the last four seasons. After having secured a playoff berth by winning the first half of the South Division’s regular season, the BayBears have the best overall record in the league but currently trail Jacksonville in the second-half standings.
The BayBears recently named Chris Morgan as its new general manager. Morgan, who will oversee day-to-day operations, had spent the previous 16 years as the director of game operations for the Senior Bowl. Prior to that, he worked two seasons with the BayBears as the community relations and marketing manager.
“I am thrilled to be returning to the very organization that brought me to Mobile back in 1996,” he said. “My time with the BayBears during their first two seasons still ranks as the highlight of my career, and words truly can’t express how excited I am to return to Hank Aaron Stadium.”
On the field, the Arizona Diamondbacks – the parent club – have made several roster moves that affect the Class AA BayBears. Right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley, the organization’s No. 2 overall prospect, has been promoted from Class A Visalia. In his place, catcher Dallas Tarleton has moved to the California farm team.
Infielder Jake Lamb, outfielder Zach Borenstein and pitcher Mike Lee have been promoted to Class AAA Reno. Lamb was leading the Southern League with a .318 average. Meanwhile, right-handed pitcher Justin Fitzgerald has been released.
To fill the roster spots, infielder Brandon Drury has been promoted from Class A while catcher Peter O’Brien was acquired in a trade. Outfielder Mitch Haniger was also picked up in a trade, but has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
The BayBears close out their regular season home schedule by hosting the Mississippi Braves from Sunday, Aug. 17, through Thursday, Aug. 21. The Huntsville Stars, who won the first-half North Division title and with it another playoff berth, visit from Friday, Aug. 22, to Tuesday, Aug. 26.
For ticket information for games at Hank Aaron Stadium, call 251-479-BEAR (2327).
Kickoff getting closer
The University of South Alabama football team has been taking part in preseason workouts. To see where they stand, the Jaguars have scheduled scrimmages the next two Saturdays at 9 a.m.
The program’s annual Fan Day event will be at the Mitchell Center Sunday, Aug. 24, starting at 4 p.m. The Jaguars will conduct a final scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 28, before starting their in-season practice schedule.
USA opens its season Saturday, Sept. 6, at Kent State. The club returns home the following week to play Mississippi State at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. That game is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff, and will be televised on ESPN News.
School officials have now put individual tickets on sale for the Jaguars’ six home games. Season-ticket plans also remain available.
For more information, visit tickets.southalabama.edu, call 251-461-1USA (1872) or go to the Mitchell Center ticket office on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Football, fashion and fun
Most people only think about the Senior Bowl when the college all-stars visit town for the annual game. The organization, though, sponsors events throughout the year.
One of the most popular is Girls Of Fall, which focuses on female football fans. Sessions will include events such rules of the game, inside talk with football experts and a fashion show with the latest gameday styles.
The event is set for Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Mobile Convention Center. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with five 20-minute sessions starting at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person.
“I think the one real objective is for the women to pick up on some of the terminology and some of the nuances of the game, in terms of offensive and defensive strategy, formations, the structure of an offense and defense,” Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage, who will handle the football portion of the evening, said about the Girls Of Fall event.
A referee will review all aspects of officiating. After a discussion of the rules, tips for improving your tailgate parties will be provided by the staff from Panini Pete’s. A runway presentation of apparel trends for the fall season is also planned. The night concludes with a chance to enjoy food and drinks while shopping at various booths set up by local vendors.
For additional information, call 251-438-2276 or visit www.seniorbowl.com.