Baltimore, Md.-- Former UMBC men's basketball standout Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) has signed a professional contract with Team Ehingen Urspring of the ProA in the German Second Division, the club announced.
The ProA is the second-tier level league in Germany. The top two teams at the end of the league campaign are promoted to Basketball Bundesliga, the nation's top professional league.
"We are so excited for Joe as he begins his professional career. Joe is a beloved member of our UMBC family and we will be following his career closely," head coach Ryan Odom said of Sherburne.
Sherburne played in and started in more games than any other basketball player in school history. He also has played more minutes than any other Retriever and finished 38th in the nation by playing over 1,242 minutes in his final season. He amassed 1,563 career points and buried 266 triples, ranking sixth and second respectively on the school's all-time lists. Moreover, the Wisconsin native became the first UMBC Division I player to record 1500 points, 600 caroms, and 200 assists in a career and was invited to participate in the 2019 Dos Equis National Championship at the Final Four weekend in Minneapolis.
An America East First-Team member in his final season, the financial economics graduate became the first UMBC and America East men's basketball player to be named to the Academic All America® Division I Men's Basketball First Team in 2017-18. He was named the 2018-19 Academic All-America Team Member of the Year and chosen as the America East's men's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Sherburne is also the first UMBC men's basketball player to earn America East All-Academic Team honors in three consecutive seasons and is just the seventh in America East history.
"Basketball and school are pretty much the only things I have done my entire life. To get paid to continue doing one of those things in Europe is an ideal situation. I've heard only good things from several people about my new team and I'm looking forward to starting my pro career with them," Sherburne said.