Luiz Santos, an August Slippery Rock University professional studies graduate and a men's basketball standout, has signed a contract to play professionally in his home country of Brazil, Kevin Reynolds, Rock head basketball coach announced this week.
Santos, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Defensive Player of the Year" last winter, was scheduled to report early this week to begin a career with Liga Sorocaba in the Brazilian Professional League, Reynolds said.
"We are excited for and proud of Luiz," Reynolds said. "We are happy to see his play rewarded, and we are proud he earned his degree from SRU this summer."
A 6-foot-10, 230-pound native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Santos averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and started all 32 games last winter for The Rock's NCAA Division II playoff-qualifying squad. Santos, who played two seasons at SRU after starting his career at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa, was the third member of last winter's Rock squad to sign a professional contract.
Devin Taylor, a forward and leading scorer and rebounder, signed a contract with the Etzella Ettelbruck Basketball Club in Luxembourg's premier, Total League. Guard Darious Clark signed with BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert in the Luxembourg second league.
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