Former UMBC men's basketball standout Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) signed with the Hamburg Towers in Germany's ProA League last week and will begin his professional career when the Towers start their campaign in late September.
The ProA is the second-tier level league in Germany. The Towers (14-16) placed ninth of 16 teams last season. The top two teams at the end of the league campaign are promoted to Basketball Bundesliga, the nation's top professional league.
"[The move] to Hamburg gives me the opportunity to prove myself for the first time in European basketball," said Darley. "I'm looking forward to my first professional season and want… as many victories as possible with the Towers."
The versatile 6'8" Darley capped his four-year UMBC career in brilliant fashion, earning America East Second Team honors in 2016-17. He scored 552 points, the fifth-most in a single season in school history, as one of two seniors on first-year head coach Ryan Odom's 21-13 squad. He converted 90 treys, the second-most in school history and finished his career with 1,095 points (16th on all-time list) and 158 3-point field goals (7th all-time).
"Will is a very dynamic and powerful player…" said Marvin Willoughby, sporting director of the Towers. "He will give our rotation even more depth in the big positions."
"I'm so excited for Will and so proud of his growth during the short time that I was fortunate enough to coach him," said Coach Odom. "His teammates are really excited and following him and I can't wait to see him embark on his professional career."