MILWAUKEE - Former
Wisconsin Milwaukee men's basketball players Dylan Page and Nate Mielke
have each made a name for themselves
during this past season in Europe.
In fact, while Page was busy finishing fourth in the Greek First Division in scoring, Mielke's team was winning the Estonian League Championship.
Mielke's team, Ehitustööriist, won its first league title in a thrilling seven-game series that finished up this past weekend. The former Panther center had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the deciding game, a 66-55 win over Tartu Ülikool/Rock.
ETR finished fourth during the regular season in the EMKL, Estonia's top league, before running through the post-season. Mielke averaged 10.1 ppg and
six rebounds per game during the regular season and was named to the Estonian All-Star Game.
Page, meanwhile, lived up to his billing as one of the top newcomers in the highly-regarded Greek League. He averaged 16.9 ppg, good for fourth in the league, while also contributing 6.4 rpg, a tally that was sixth in the league. He shot 56 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and also finished tied for third in the league in blocked shots.
Page's team, MENT Vassilakis, had some troubles in its first season in the Greek First Division, finishing 8-18.
Page was the Horizon Player of the Year in 2004 and helped the Panthers to their first-ever Horizon League regular season title. Both Page and Mielke were also starters on the 2002-03 UWM squad that made the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Another former Panther, Clay Tucker, is continuing his basketball career stateside. Tucker played this past year for the American Basketball Association's Utah Snowbears before catching on this summer with the
Nebraska Cranes of the United States Basketball League. Tucker also played two games this year with Page's Ment squad in Greece. Tucker spent the 2003-04 season in Sweden.
Tucker was a two-time All-Horizon League performer and the 2003 Horizon League Tournament Most Valuable Player.