Moran Loves The Island Life

25 November 2005

Jimmy Moran is a much better player than he was four years ago when he arrived on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria to play basketball.

James Moran (CB Gran Canaria)
James Moran is averaging 10.6 points for Gran Canaria
The New York-born Moran, who has an Irish passport and represents that country in international competition, is in his fifth campaign with Gran Canaria and has more than 150 appearances in the Liga ACB.

His value to the team in the EuroCup is obvious because Moran is playing more than 25 minutes a game, averaging 10.6 points.

He is enthusiastic as ever, calling the island the "perfect place to live".

"I have to say it has been positive," he told Gran Canaria's website, reflecting on his time at the club.

"The team has improved in recent years and I have done likewise, so I feel I have improved along with the club.

"I struggled in my first season, but the following three were very positive and it was an honour to finish 150 games in the best league in Europe," said Moran, who joined Gran Canaria from college.

"I finished at William and Mary aged 23 and my agent said there was a Spanish team interested in me, I took a chance and here I am," he added.

Gran Canaria's improvement has seen them make the play-offs for the past three years and their last two appearances saw them take Barcelona and Tau Ceramica into a fourth game.

We really scared Barcelona and Tau and were close to making history
James Moran
"I think we played some good games, we really scared Barcelona and Tau and were close to making history," said Moran, who has no plans to leave the island.

"It's very nice, I like the beaches and the climate. Gran Canaria is a perfect place to live," he said.

In the EuroCup, they are 3-2 and facing an important game next week at Basket Groot Leuven.

If they fail to win, and BC Zadar upset RheinEnergie Köln, then the Croatians will leapfrog them into second place to qualify for Round II.

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