Last weekend, former Drexel star forward Samme Givens signed with Aris Leeuwarden of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). According to the story first reported by Fred Roggan of eurobasket.com, Givens will become the first American basketball player to play for Aris Leeuwarden.
(Givens talked to Philahoops editor Aaron Bracy about the signing.)
A 6-foot-5 forward, Givens finished a very successful career at Drexel University. The Academy of New Church product made a quick impression on the CAA earning CAA All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman.
Givens had his breakout season in 2010-2011 as a junior when he averaged a double-double (12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game) while also earning All-CAA Second Team honors. As the senior leader on a Drexel Dragons team that made a run to the NIT quarterfinals last season, Givens averaged 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while again earning All-CAA Second Team honors.
Aris Leeuwarden of the DBL is widely considered the Netherlands’ highest level of professional basketball. Givens will be joining an Aris Leeuwarden squad that is in the Eredivisie, the better of the DBL divisions. The DBL has 8 teams with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch winning the championship this past season.
Stay tuned to Philahoops for any updates or news on this signing.
-Related story: Click HERE to read Aaron Bracy’s story on Givens after his final game as a Dragon.