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Former College Basketball Players Become All-Stars in French Pro League

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The NBA limits the number of players on each of their teams and the average career length of an NBA player is only about five years, so the countless good players coming out of college are often left looking for jobs outside of their dream destination of the NBA.  Europe has become a hot destination for players to either continue to their career or just decide they prefer the overseas life-style.  Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy and many other countries run great professional leagues that are filled with American players.  The French Pro A league is also one of those leagues and this year they put on display some of their best talent in their annual France versus Foreigners All-Star Game.

The twelve man roster of foreigners had nine American born players, led by the game MVP Dwight Buycks (Marquette) and his 17 points. Bernard King (Texas A&M) delivered 14 points for the winners  and Jawad Williams (N. Carolina), Blake Schilb (Loyola-Chicago) and Khalid El-Amin (Connecticut) contributed 13 points each for the Foreigners squad. Sean May (North Carolina), the PRO A league leader in points per game at 20ppg, chipped in 11 points for his teams victory over the French All-Stars.

These players are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to American born players taking their skills across the Atlantic.  John Linehan from Providence, Ahmad Nivins from St. Joesph’s, Matt Howard from Butler and Julius Hodge from NC State are just a few other former college basketball stars that now make a living in France playing basketball.  These players compete in an extremely competitive league that has produced NBA players such as Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nic Batum to name a few.