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Donovon Jack Signs With Professional European Basketball Team Leicester Riders

The Leicester Riders, a professional basketball team from Leicester, Leicestershire, announced this morning (or afternoon for the Brits) it picked up an American close to our hearts. Penn State men’s basketball alum Donovon Jack signed a contract to play across the pond with the oldest operating basketball team in Britain.

Jack, a 6’9″ forward, tabbed a successful final season at Penn State, averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, respectively. The Reading, Penn. native lit up at the end of the season, collecting 9.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the last seven matches. Jack also holds the sixth spot on Penn State’s all-time block chart with 100 denials to his name.

“The opportunity to join a team with a long tradition and who are the reigning BBL Champions is a dream come true,” Jack said.

Jack saw playing time at Penn State all four years, each season better than the last. The forward’s career game came in February against Iowa when Penn State shocked the world by upsetting No. 4 Iowa, 79-75. Jack put up 19 points and went 8-9 from the floor, but will now face a transition into British basketball.

“Donovon has impressed me with the variety in his game,” Rider’s head coach Rob Paternostro said on the team’s site. “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.”

Jack isn’t the first to transverse the Atlantic this year. Last month teammate Brandon Taylor signed to play professional ball with Greek club PAOK. Best of luck to both Nittany Lions as they continue their shootyhoop careers, and hopefully the Brits are better at spelling “Donovon” than most college basketball reporters.

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