Luiz Santos, who signed with Liga Sorocaba in the Brazilian Professional League, will be the third member of last winter's NCAA Division II playoff-qualifying Rock men's basketball team to play on the next level
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Former Slippery Rock University men's basketball standout Luiz Santos has signed a contract to play professionally in his home country of Brazil, Rock head coach Kevin Reynolds announced Sunday.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Defensive Player of the Year" last winter, Santos is scheduled to report Monday and 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.
Rock leading scorer and leading rebounder Devin Taylorrp, a forward, 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.
This year's pro signees increased to five the number of Rock student-athletes who have gone on to play at the next level in Reynolds' five seasons as SRU's head coach.
Denell Stephens recently signed his fifth contract to play in Luxembourg's Total League, where he is one of the top players. Kyle Camper played one season in Germany after joining Stephens as the mainstays on The Rock's PSAC semifinalist squad in 2008-09, Reynolds' rookie season as head coach.
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