As LIU Brooklyn’s recent graduate Jamal Olasewere prepares to play in the FIBA 2013 AfroBasket tournament with Team Nigeria, he announced on Twitter that he has signed a deal to play professional basketball with Italian basketball team Vanoli Cremona.
“We believe he can do very well in a challenging league like the Italian one and he is very motivated to make this happen,” the team said in a statement.
Olasewere averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 51.5 percent last season, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get him drafted. He even worked out for a number of teams including the Nets, Knicks, 76ers, and the Celtics. Olasewere could have held out for the NBA’s Developmental League draft this fall, but obviously decided that playing in Italy was a better option.
Before he leaves for Italy, Olasewere will play in the AfroBasket tournament which begins on Aug. 21 for three games to determine seeding for the tournament proper which begins on Aug. 26. The top three teams will compete in next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Nigeria finished in third place in the same tournament in 2011.
Olasewere is LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer with 1,871 points and was the 2012-13 Northeast Conference Player of the Year after he helped to lead the Blackbirds to their third consecutive NEC championship.