NORFOLK, Va. – With preseason practice getting revved up for the 2015-16 basketball season, the Norfolk State men’s program will also have several alumni continuing their careers this upcoming year. Several former Spartan players have signed professional deals to compete overseas.
Former NSU guards Michael Deloach, Pendarvis Williams, Chris McEachin, Aleek Pauline and Jamel Fuentes will join former NSU center Brandon Goode in continuing their careers across the pond.
For the second year in a row, Deloach and Williams will both compete in Italy. After making an appearance in Kazakhstan near the end of last year, Goode will compete in Estonia for the upcoming year. Both McEachin and Pauline have inked deals to play in the same league in France, while Fuentes is scheduled for Puerto Rico during the upcoming year.
Those six are in addition to former Spartan center Kyle O’Quinn, who this summer signed a four-year deal with the New York Knicks.
Williams, in his second year competing professionally, inked a deal to play for Granarolo Bologna of the Series A League, the highest league in Italy. He played his first professional season with Moncada Solar Agrigento of the A2 Gold League in 2014-15, averaging 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Williams led Moncada to the league playoff final.
Deloach, who has been competing overseas since 2010, signed a contract to compete with Orasi Ravenna of the A2 Silver League in Italy. Having played for several teams in Italy as well as in Morocco, Poland and the Czech Republic, Deloach most recently played with Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria of the Italian Series A2 Silver League in 2014-15. He tallied 15.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game last year.
Since finishing his NSU career in 2012, McEachin has competed in Finland, Iraq and Kazakhstan before signing a deal for this upcoming season with Nord Arceche of the NM2 French League. In 15 games between stints with two different teams in Finland last year, McEachin averaged 19.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He earned Eurobasket.com second-team honors for the All-Finnish 1st Division.
Goode will join up with Rakvere Tarvas of the Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga League (KML) in Estonia for the 2015-16 season. He was drafted by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League last November after his four-year Spartan career came to a close in 2014. He later joined BK Barsy Atyrau in March of 2015 in time for the Kazakhstan-Higher League playoffs.
After joining the team late in the 2015 season that ended in June, Fuentes will again compete for Maratonistas de Coamo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) League in Puerto Rico in 2015-16. He will play in both the fall and spring leagues that make up the Puerto Rican basketball schedule.
Pauline has played in Iceland, England and Germany since finishing up his NSU basketball career in 2011. This season, he will play for Union Bourbourg Grande Synthe of the NM2 French league. Last season Pauline competed in three games with Cheshire Phoenix in England before joining BSG Grevenbroich in Germany’s 1st Regional league (Regionalliga). He averaged 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals in eight games there.
Besides those six, another former Spartan who could also play overseas this season is Malcolm Hawkins, a current free agent. Last year in 2014-15 after a few quick stops in the Baltic and Latvian leagues, Hawkins eventually settled with Jazz-Diremta Kaunas of the Lithuania National Basketball League (NKL) in his first professional season. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
The Norfolk State men’s basketball program finished 20-14 last year and 12-4 in the MEAC, good for second place in the regular season standings. The Spartans will return six letterwinners from last year and welcome a total of seven new players who will compete during the upcoming season.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com | Used with permission