PITTSBURG, Kan. - Former Pittsburg State guard Donovan Franklin has signed his first contract to play professional basketball.
Franklin will join the Killester Basketball Club in Ireland in September.
"I'm extremely excited to start this journey that I have been working toward my whole life," Franklin says in a message to KOAM Saturday afternoon, "Becoming a professional basketball play is a blessing. I just kept my head down and kept working hard and kept my faith in God and it all worked out. I truly can't thank him enough. I'm grateful to be a part of Killester BC and ready to get started."
Franklin was a 2X All-MIAA performer for the Gorillas, earning honorable mention All-MIAA as a junior and 3rd team All-MIAA as a senior.
Last season as a senior at Pitt State, Franklin finished 4th in the MIAA in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per game. He also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game.
Franklin isn't the only player from last year's Pitt State team to sign a pro contract. Back in June, Franklin's teammates Grant Lozoya (C.B. L'Hospitalet - Spain) and Trenton Clayton (San Marcos - South America) signed pro deals.
Lozoya was 2nd in the MIAA in scoring last season with 22.4 points per game, also pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishing out 3.6 assists.
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