EL HOLANDES ERRANTE....
Central Washington NCAA 1983-1987
L.A Lakers NBA 1987 *no llega a jugar
Laker Newcomers Go to Desert With a Desire to Join the Champions
RANCHO MIRAGE — He sat on a bench outside the lobby of a five-star resort here, a worn suitcase at his feet. There was a sticker on the suitcase: "If It Ain't Dutch, It Ain't Much."
Soon, a bus arrived to take Ron Vanderschaaf back to Los Angeles. Eventually, he will return to a farm in Onalaska, Wash., and the family that took him in as an 18-year-old foreign exchange student who wanted to get away from his parents.
And someday, Vanderschaaf might even return home to Leeuwarden, the small Dutch city about an hour north of Amsterdam, an unlikely jumping-off place for a career in the National Basketball Assn.
But for three days, Vanderschaaf--the 161st and last player chosen in last June's college draft--was a member of the Lakers, a team that has four players--Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Mychal Thompson--who had been No. 1 picks overall in the draft.
He'll never play in the NBA--"This guy might not even make it to lunch," was Chick Hearn's comment on the first day of training camp--but how many guys in Holland can walk around wearing practice jerseys and sneakers issued by the Lakers?
If he hadn't gotten in an argument with his coach when he was 15, Vanderschaaf might still be playing soccer, as most of the boys in his country do. Instead, he turned to basketball, wound up playing at Central Washington University, a small school delighted to have an imported 6-foot 8-inch, 215-pound center, and later found out on TV that he'd been drafted by the best basketball team in the world.
It really didn't matter to him that no one from the Lakers bothered to call until two weeks after the draft. And it didn't matter that everyone got a good laugh when his face was cut out of the Laker media guide and pasted on the cover as a joke.
"I don't pick 'em, I just coach 'em," Pat Riley said in mock protest when asked how Vanderschaaf had been invited here.
And it didn't even matter when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took one look at Vanderschaaf's severe haircut--cropped high above both of his prominent ears--and called him Bosworth.
For Vanderschaaf, it was just enough to be here, even though he found out that being sandwiched between 7-footers Abdul-Jabbar and Mike Smrek was like "being caught between a tank and a wall."
"I was surprised by the physical level," he said. "I knew the Lakers run a lot, but my legs were not used to going that fast."
En 1987 juega con los BREWSTER-HEIGHT PACKING,Brewster en la liga AAU (Amateur Athletic Union Basketball) que celebra su noventa aniversario esa temporada. Es dirigido por el entrenador entre otros de los RAPTORS JAY TRIANO (tio de Bradley Heislip de la Universidad de BAYLOR) en su primera experiencia en un banquillo. La siguiente temporada Triano se haria cargo de la SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY en British Columbia. El MVP de dicho torneo recae en LORENZO ROMAR jugador con experiencia NBA de 296 partidos y que ahora formaba parte de la AIA (Athletes In Action). Mas tarde tambien se haria entrenador siendo su ultimo trabajo en 2012 en la WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY de donde el mismo habia salido en 1980.
Y DESPUES DEL BALONCESTO.. QUE?
A mediados de los 90 funda ACCENT INSURANCE y se establece definitivamente en ISSAQUAH,wa donde prosigue con su empresa desde el puesto de presidente. Link seguros accent
En otro orden de cosas el 22 de Agosto se hace con el puesto 59 en la SWEDISH SUMERUN en la modalidad de 10km con un tiempo de 50:45, ese Octubre de 1999 es inducido al HALL OF FAME de CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY.
Por ultimo el 10 de Junio de 2002 llega en el puesto 246 de la prestigiosa carrera ISSAQUAH SALMON DAYS ROTARY de 10km con un tiempo de 50:33 pero alejado del ganador David Martin.
A pesar de un primer email de contacto en el que se mostro receptivo, no respondio ninguno de los otros emails que le envie con preguntas respecto a sus tiempos de jugador. Una pena...
Ron Vanderschaaf to me
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