Sharpshooting Ben Mockford signs with European Team
Ben Mockford joins the list of recent college basketball players from Brooklyn to sign with professional teams overseas as he has signed a pro deal with Caceres of Spain, his agency announced on Tuesday.
Mockford, who is from England, spent three seasons at St. Francis Brooklyn after he transferred from Iona after his freshman year. In his NCAA career, he averaged 15.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per 40 minutes. He’s an amazing shooter that averaged 42.3 percent from the floor last season including 40.7 percent from behind the arc. After the season, Mockford was tabbed to the Brooklyn Eagle’s All-Brooklyn First Team.
His single best performance of his Terrier career came against rival LIU Brooklyn this past season when he scored a career-high 30 points including eight three-pointers to lead them to a 78-64 victory. Previously the Terriers had lost six-in-a-row to the Blackbirds. Mockford also lead the Terriers to a big win against Delaware State when he scored 17 points off the bench in the second half on the day before New Year’s Eve.
Since the season ended, Mockford has played with Great Britain on its FIBA National Team where he has thrived and received great praise from former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Joe Prunty. He scored 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in a losing effort against Bosnia on Sunday. That was just days after it was announced that he officially made the team.
Mockford joins Jamal Olasewere and Jason Brickman, both from LIU Brooklyn, as two other area college players to have signed in Europe. Brickman signed with the Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Super League while Olasewere signed with the Belgium team, the Verviers Pepinster Wolves. Unfortunately all three players are in separate leagues so we won’t get any head-to-head matchups unless it comes in international play.