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Penn State Basketball: Taylor And Jack Sign Contracts Overseas

by on July 14, 2016 2:00 PM

Former Nittany Lions, Brandon Taylor and Donovon Jack have both signed contracts to play basketball overseas. Taylor with Greek squad PAOK, located in Thessaloniki, while Jack officially joined Great Britain’s Leicester City Riders Thursday. 

“I am proud of Brandon and Donovon as they begin professional careers overseas,”  coach Patrick Chambers said in a statement Thursday. “They both were great ambassadors for our program over the last four years. This is a testament to their work ethic, dedication and relentless pursuit of their dreams.” 

Taylor finished his senior season with All-Big Ten honors closing out the year in the Top 10 of the league in field goals (183; 3rd), double-doubles (8; 5th), total points (506; 6th), points per game (16.3; 8th) and rebounds per game (6.5; 10th). He owns the No. 16 spot on Penn State career scoring chart with 1,289 over his four-year career after tallying 520 in 2015-16.

“I’m excited to be signed with a great basketball club and I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to play professionally in a great country,” Taylor told his new club. “I thought it was a great opportunity from the beginning, while my agent and family are the ones who helped me make my decision.”

Meanwhile, Jack averaged 9.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game over the last seven games of his senior season, ranking third on the team in scoring during the stretch. He had career night vs. Iowa Feb. 17, producing career-high 19 points on 8-9 shooting from field and 3-4 from free-throw line. Jack finished his career ranked sixth all-time on Penn State’s career blocks chart with 100.

"The opportunity to join a team with a long tradition and who are the reigning BBL Champions is a dream come true," Jack said in a statement. “Donovon has impressed me with the variety in his game,” Rob Paternostro, head coach of the Riders, said. “He has played at a high level at college in the U.S., and he brings an inside and an outside game. Donovon can also block shots, and is comfortable handling the ball. I think he will be able to handle the transfer to the BBL and the demands that places on his overall contribution.”

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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