Oleson eclipses milestone, earns bronze in Champions League

June 17, 2018

Brad Oleson basketball

Brad Oleson

Brad Oleson of North Pole wrapped up his 14th professional basketball season by doing something he’s never done.

The veteran guard captured his first medal in the Champions League after he helped his new Spanish club UCAM Murcia beat German power Riesen Ludwigsburgo 85-74 in the third-place game in Athens, Greece.

The 6-foot-3 guard started in the backcourt and contributed three points and three assists while making just one turnover in 20 minutes.

Oleson, of North Pole High fame, has played 13 of his 14 seasons in Spain.

His rookie year in 2005 he played with the Dodge City Legend and won the United States Basketball League championship.

After that he went to Spain, where he started with lower-level team Rosalia before working his way to the top, eventually playing in the Euroleague from 2009 to 2017 with Barcelona and Caja Laboral.

He made his name as a world-class defender and lethal long-range shooter.

Now 35, Oleson typically faces players much younger.

He averaged 10.7 points in 14 games in the Champions League, which was created by FIBA last year. He averaged 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 33 ACB games in Spain.

In his final game of the season he eclipsed a milestone by moving past the 5,600-point plateau.

Only four Alaska men have scored that many career points at the professional level, whether it be the NBA or Euroleague.

13,976 Carlos Boozer Juneau NBA
6,109 Trajan Langdon Anchorage NBA, Euroleague
5,743 Mario Chalmers Anchorage NBA
5,601 Brad Oleson Fairbanks Euroleague, USBL
4,369 Doron Perkins Anchorage Euroleague