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Former Drexel Dragon Samme Givens Signs With Dutch Aris Leeuwarden

It seems as though professional basketball and former Colonial Athletic Association standouts are starting to go hand in hand.

There has been recent NBA signings, such as Kent Bazemore inking a deal with the Golden State Warriors, and also a few European signings as well. One of the lucky few to go abroad is former Drexel Dragons captain, Samme Givens.

In 2011-2012, the then senior Givens was named 2nd Team All-CAA as he averaged 11.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He finished his career with 1,226 career points and 1,059 rebounds. He is only the third player in school history to reach more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Last season, during his stellar campaign, Givens helped led the Dragons to a school-record 29 wins and the regular season CAA Championship. Unfortunately, the team was eventually snubbed from the NCAA Tournament, but Givens’ impact on the Dragons’ season and overall program will never be forgotten. And European scouts took notice as well.

Now, he will continue his basketball career in Holland. Givens, a Philadelphia native, will play for Aris Leeuwarden. Coached by Erik Braal, Aris Leeuwarden is a part of the Euroleague, which season begins in later in the month. The team is only currently carrying nine players on its roster, so there should be plenty of opportunity for Givens to contribute.

Wearing the blue and white of his new club, Givens will have a good chance at starting for the squad. If Manager Gert Shurer confides in Givens like Dragons coach Bruiser Flint used to, maybe the NBA will come calling for Givens some day soon.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for the Arena Pulse at Rant Sports. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline