by RENALDO DORSETT
Magnum Rolle continues to have an impact on the international basketball scene as his pro basketball career took him to another stop in a new location.
Rolle, a member of the Nakorn Phantom Mad Goats, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Thailand Basketball League.
The Mad Goats run at the title this year ended in the semifinal when the Bangkok Mono Vampires swept them 2-0.
Th 6’11” forward averaged 18.4 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. He recorded 13 double doubles on the season, including two 20 point, 20 rebound performances and one triple double.
In an 80-66 win over PEA, Rolle showed his versatility and finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
In a 71-70 win over the Vampires, he had one of his most productive games of the year with 28 points, 26 rebounds and six blocks – all season highs. He also finished with 24 points and 25 rebounds in an 87-81 win over TGE.
The Mad Goats finished the season at 11-3 headed into the semi-final. They lost 80-74 in game one and 81-76 in game two.
Thailand Basketball League was started in 2012 by the Basketball Sport Association of Thailand to develop basketball players in the country. Teams are composed of both Thai and foreign players.
Last season, Rolle played with Passlab Yamagata Wyverns in Japan’s National Basketball Development League (NBDL) for the second half of the season.
He previously spent two seasons (2012-14) in Japan and became an All-Star for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins of the National Basketball League.
During the 2014-15 season, Rolle spent time globetrotting with Bnei Herzelia of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, Boulder Strip de Mayaguez of Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional and the Yulon Dinos of Taiwan’s Super Basketball League.
In his last appearance in Japan and in 41 games for the Diamond Dolphins, Rolle averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He recorded seven double doubles on the year, including three in the final three games of the season.
Rolle also played briefly with the LG Sakers in South Korea during the 2011 NBA lockout and has also played with Santurce of the Puerto Rican League.
Since graduating from Louisiana Tech in 2010, Rolle was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic. He also spent a season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League.
Rolle was an integral member of the Bahamas’ gold medal winning CBC championship team in July 2014. For the tournament, he averaged 13.8 points, seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He joined the team once again the following summer when they finished with a silver medal.