Virginia Elite Alumni have gone onto to play professional basketball in several countries. Through our history of providing college level players the program has now placed players to reach their ultimate dream to play as a professional. Many of these young men have performed on the national collegiate stage playing on national televised games to playing in many notable collegiate tournaments.
AJ Carr, England
Team: Reading Rockets Limited
League: NBL Division 1
College: Shepard University
Reading Rockets Basketball Club Triple Winners 2013 and 2014,
Division 1 Champions 2012 and 2013
NBL Div.1 - Double Winners 2010 and 2011
At 6-Foot-6, AJ will bring a brand-new dimension to the growing Rockets squad with a versatile playing style that promises to bring a unique flair to the team’s game. The American will moved to Reading in late August, when he will meet with Rockets colleagues and start to integrate himself into the club.
Reading Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane said: “I am very pleased with how our team is coming together. Our most recent signing, AJ, adds another dimension to the team. AJ’s versatility really suits the style of game we will play. AJ possesses a skill set which will make us difficult to defend and play at a tempo that will be exciting to watch. In addition, AJ’s character fits the values and personal traits we value most at the club. I have big expectations of AJ and have no doubt he will deliver that and some.”
Team: AS Soleuvre
College: Slippery Rock University
(Slippery Rock University) became the 1st Virginia Elite alumni and the 15th Slippery Rock University basketball player in the last eight seasons to sign a professional contract when he agreed to a deal with AS Soleuvre of the Total League in Luxembourg for the 2016-17 season.
For his efforts in 2014-15, Butler earned first team All-PSAC West and second team National Association of Basketball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region accolades.
Cameron Smith, Ireland
Team: UCD Marian
League: Ireland Super League
UCD Marian competes in the Premier League; Basketball Ireland's top division for senior men. The team comprises of overseas semi-professional players, scholarship students at UCD and experienced senior players from the area. It was one of the founder clubs of the Irish National League in 1974 and has been ever present since. Super league games are held in UCD Sports Centre, Belfield on alternate Saturday nights at 7pm between October and March.
Obi Enechioyia, Spain
Team: Real Betis Energia Plus
League: LEB Spanish Pro League Co
College: Temple University
Enechionyia most recently played for the Detroit Pistons’ NBA Summer League team. In six games, the 6-foot-10-inch forward averaged 3.2 points and 10.8 minutes. Enechionyia finished his Temple career as the 2018 American Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He became the 24th player in team history to record 600 career rebounds and finished with 614 to rank 23rd all-time.
He also finished his career as one of the most accomplished shot-blockers, ranking seventh on Temple’s all-time blocked shots list with 170.
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