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Donovon Jack Signs with England's Leicester Riders

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Former Penn Stater Donovon Jack will be playing professional basketball next year.

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The news broke over the night that the Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League (BBL) signed former Penn State forward Donovan Jack. Details of the contract are not available at this time.

Jack averaged just over 5 points and 3 rebounds per game in his senior season, buy as anyone who watched him play recalls, he was constantly mired by foul trouble. On days where Jack was able to avoid foul trouble, he showed great promise. Most notably putting up 19 points on 8-9 shooting to help propel Penn State to a stunning upset victory against #4 Iowa this past season .

Jack finished his career 7th all-time in blocked shots in program history, and head coach Rob Paternostro is looking forward to adding his shot blocking presence on defense and offensive versatility to the Riders' roster, stating:

"Donovon has impressed me with the variety in his game. He has played at a high level at college in the US, and he brings an inside and an outside game."

The Leicester Riders are the oldest basketball franchise in the BBL, established in 1967. Unlike their football (or soccer, as we refer to it) counterparts, the Riders have a long history of success, especially in recent times. The Riders have been on a tear lately, finishing no worse than 5th place in the standings in the past 5 years (for those wondering, there are 12 teams in the BBL). They won the championship in back-to-back seasons from 2012-2014, and finished atop the standings in the 2015-2016 season with a 29-4 record.

Questioned about his recent signing Jack responded:

"Having the opportunity to join a team with a long tradition and the current BBL Champions is a dream come true. I look forward to becoming part of team that knows how to work hard and play together to accomplish success in a great country."

The BBL season tips-off for the Leicester Riders on September 23 against the Sheffield Sharks. It won't be televised stateside, but if you happen to be across the pond, BBL games are broadcasted by BBC Sport. You can find the Riders' schedule HERE

Congratulations to Donovon on the continuation of his basketball career!