Shamar Coombs and Toronto 3D made their IBA debut this past weekend, dropping a pair of games to the first place Schenectady Legends in upstate New York. Although not the team results they were looking for Coombs made his mark on the first IBA Can-Am Clash, scoring 35 and 41 points over two games to lead all scorers.
For his individual efforts, Coombs is the Week 11 Arena Sports Net IBA Player of the Week.
2014 IBA Players of the Week
- Week 1: Fred Gardner, Kankakee County Soldiers
- Week 2: Thomas Cobb, Kenosha Ballers
- Week 3: Marlowe Currie, St. Louis Trotters
- Week 4: Tyray Petty, Kenosha Ballers
- Week 5: Lonnell Johnson, St. Louis Trotters
- Week 6: Devron Bostick, Kenosha Ballers
- Week 7: none
- Week 8:Lloyd Johnson, Schenectady Legends
- Week 9: Devron Bostick, Kenosha Ballers
- Week 10: E.J. Gallup, Schenectady Legends
- Week 11: Shamar Coombs, Toronto 3D
Coombs began his road to professional basketball at Toronto Prep School. After a stellar prep career the 6’1″ guard was noticed while playing AAU ball. He first moved south to the United States to play two years (2006-08) at Tallahassee Community College, a transition which proved tougher off the court (climate) than on (averaged 15.2 ppg).
A scholarship to NCAA Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2008-10) playing under head coach Perry Clark was the next stop for Coombs, helping the Islanders to a 35-30 record over two seasons.
His pro career started in Texas, playing with the Dallas Impact of the ABA. Coombs spent the 2013-14 season in Kosovo, averaging over 22 ppg to lead KB Drita Gjilan to a fifth place finish in the SuperLeague before returning home to Toronto.