Vanoli Cremona (Italy-Lega)Career:
St Marys (NCAA, 2003-05), Florida Flame (NBDL, 2005-06), Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL, 2006-07), Townsville Crocodile (Australia-NBL, 2006-07), Barons Riga (Latvia-LBL, 2006-07), Artland Dragons Quakenbruck (Germany-BBL, 2007-08), Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL, 2008-09), Vanoli Cremona (Italy-Lega, 2009-11)
Earl Rowland was arguably the stand-out player for Bulgaria at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland and could hardly have done much more for his adopted country though a few more hits from distance would have been nice. Other than this, he showed all of the skills which have seen him play in both the German and Italian leagues to good effect. He is a point guard that can not only distribute the ball and create for others but can also make use of his size to take advantage of potential mismatches down low, while he is adept at penetrating and getting to the hoop on a regular basis. Equally, his height and athleticism make him an excellent defender whether it be getting steals or defending opposing shooters and this is another real bonus. While he could probably find more consistency with his perimeter game offensively, Rowland brings a lot to the table. He didn't play last summer during the Qualifying Round but is expected to be back for EuroBasket 2011 to pull the strings for Bulgaria once again.