6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by DaTruRochin on Tue May 17, 2011 3:07 pm

Based off one of Rev's tweets from yesterday I'd say we have photo evidence as well (VDM is the nearest on the right of the pic):


http://yfrog.com/h8kveznj

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by pilotram on Tue May 17, 2011 3:21 pm

Is that mattywiz in the lower left? And did Coky give them all a ride to the commons?

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by blacksheep on Tue May 17, 2011 3:31 pm

Is that an NBA shirt he is wearing, and if so, does he have NBA socks to match?

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed May 18, 2011 8:42 pm

They look like a tight-knit group...once again.

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by shallwemaui10 on Fri May 20, 2011 9:31 am

Joey Van Zegeren- He was meeting with his coach, Rob Orellana today about his final selections. He has stated he will be in the USA playing NCAA basketball. He has eliminated Seton Hall and Portland has run out of scholarships. It looks like it may be down to Providence, UW, a unnamed SEC school (this is rumored to be the favorite), and a few sleepers that have yet to be named. He plans to announce in the next couple of days.

If the guy can play at all, take him and find a spot somewhere else for 1 of our under 6-5 guys. Don't want to name names, but could if pressed.

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Post by wrv on Fri May 20, 2011 1:16 pm

Is it certain that we have no scholarships available? Were there any departures from the program with the end of the school year?

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri May 20, 2011 9:20 pm

It is my understanding that any financial aid to a player after May 18 would count towards the 2012 season.

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by dholcombe on Mon May 23, 2011 7:56 pm

Has anybody had a chance to see VDM play in person yet?

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by Geezaldinho on Tue May 31, 2011 8:58 am

Twoof VDM's classmates at The Canarias academy were heavily recruited by the Huskys.

As late as last week the recruiting bird dog site HUSKY HAUL was reporting theY both might go there.

It now appears neither will. 6'9" Joey van Zegeren will go to Virginia Tech.
Rob Orellana (@CBAcademy)
5/31/11 4:03 AM
Joey van Zegeren, ACC bound, commits to Virginia Tech!
Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzg1K9hogPU


Not sure where 7'0" Marek Soucek has ended up, but it appears the Huskys are out.


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No Surprise - Thomas excels in the classroom

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:59 am

135 Pilots Named to WCC Honor Roll (GPA over 3.0 in the 2011-12 school year).

Itís really not a surprise to anyone who knows him, but the highest GPA achieved by any of the Pilots was by Thomas van der Mars; a 3.98 in Business Administration. Thomas is one of only two menís basketball players in the WCC to achieve a GPA over 3.75.

The other Menís Basketball team members to achieve over a 3.0 GPA last year were:

Riley Barker 3.37 Business Administration
Ryan Nicholas 3.37 Psychology
Taylor Mossman 3.08 Biology

Well done, men!

The entire WCC Honor Roll is here:
http://www.portlandpilots.com/news/2012/7/11/GEN_0711125421.aspx

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:47 pm

From the Dutch website basketballplus:
We talked some hoops with Dutch prospect Thomas van der Mars, with whom we continue our interview-series on Dutch Prospects Abroad. Center Thomas van der Mars had an nice freshman year with the Pilots, playing 31 games and averaging 7.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 62.7%.

At 6í11 with solid length and a 225-pound frame, Van der Mars is big enough to play either post position at the next level. While he is not overly quick or explosive, he is a solid and coordinated athlete with average mobility given his size.

Thomas just finished a exhibition game with the Pilots against reigning NAIA national champion Concordia-Irvine and played a solid game with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. The Pilots defeated Concordia-Irvine with 79-66.

Where did basketball begin for you?

I started playing basketball at age 9 in my hometown; Gouda, the Netherlands. I had played some soccer up until that point, but after trying out basketball I was completely sold. The fact that my dad had played some basketball in the past made it all the more special to me.

What made you decide to leave Holland to play ball at Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria, Spain?

I had always dreamt of playing at the collegiate level in the USA. However, it became obvious that I did not have access to the required resources and guidance in order to make the jump to that level. Rob Orellana and the Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) promised to provide those resources and guidance. Rob delivered on his promises and for that I am very thankful.

You chose to play for University of Portland, why?

The coaching staff and the style of play. The coaches have a lot of experience in developing quality post players and the style of play definitely suits me.

What do you consider to be the strongest and the weakest point of your game?

I feel like my strongest point is my back to the basket play. Probably my weakest point and what I am currently working on is becoming more versatile.

Thomas, how are you preparing for the upcoming season?

I spent the summer lifting weights and further developing my skills. We just put in the offense and defense a couple of weeks ago. Right now, we are working on playing as good as possible collectively.

What are your initial thoughts going into next season?

We had a rough season last year. However, we have improved and we are ready to surprise some people.

Do you have any parting words of advice or encouragement for young upcoming players in Holland looking to better their game?

Stay Humble, Stay Hungry.

Thanks Thomas for the time doing this interview. Wish You and the Pilots a successful season

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:06 pm

And now Thomas is a professional basketball player in Greece!

Thomas signed with Kavala (Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas), the winners of the A2 Division in Greece last season with a record of 22-5.

Kavala lost about eight of its players after the season ended....so one would think Thomas has a great opportunity ahead of him.

(Yes, Nik Ravio played in Greece a couple of years back, but since then he's been on a Hungarian team, and he just joined an Italian team this summer. †

Nem Mitrovic played for the team with the second best record in the Greek A1 Division this past season, but when talking to him this summer he indicated he'd be changing teams again. †Oh, and for those of you who remember Nem's little brother, Marko, he's not so little anymore at 6-2, and apparently he's a baller! †Cool )

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by NoPoNeighbor on Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:50 pm

That's great news! What is the current roster of UP alums playing professionally?

VDM - Greece
Raivio - Italy
Mitrovic - ??
Sikma - Spain
Campbell - France(?)
Jeter - China/Ukraine/France
Nicholas - Spain

Who am I missing? And what's going on with Kevin Bailey? Someone's gotta pay him to play some more hoops!

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:19 pm

Yes, TJ is still under contract in France and Nem's plans are still unknown, but as we wait to find out where KB, Voldy, and Riley will play professionally, there are a few other Pilots playing professionally to mention.

Robin Smeulders is still playing in Germany and on the Dutch National Team.

Taishi Ito is still playing in Japan at last report.

Jasonn Hannibal just signed with the Toronto Raptors D-League team, the 905's. †The team will be playing their home games in Mississauga's Hersey Centre, and as I recall, Jasonn is from Mississauga.

And Pooh has had a very successful summer and, from the reports I've read, plans to return to China and also play for the Ukrainian National Team. †Pooh's local SOCAL team just won the very tough Drew League championship, and many continue to say he would be an excellent back-up NBA PG.

I can't think of anyone else offhand who have played professionally recently and is still playing. †Eric Waterford, Ethan Niedermeyer and Jared Stohl are done, and Kramer Knutson is of course the Pilots DBO.

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Re: 6'11" Euro Center Thomas van der Mars is a Pilot!

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:47 pm

So, just to update, Thomas is playing Greece, Riley is in the Czech Republic, and Kevin will be playing in Poland....

So where's Voldy?

Last I spoke with him, Voldy was still a little concerned about returning to the Ukraine where he'd possibly be drafted....but not to play basketball. pale

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