Daemen College star Gerald Beverly has found a job playing for one of the better teams in the German professional basketball league.
Beverly, the Rochester native who dominated for Daemen in Division II and earned some NBA tryouts this year, has signed to play for the Telekom Baskets of the Bundesliga.
Telekom is based in Bonn, in Western Germany, and placed fourth last season in the 18-team league. Former University at Buffalo star Javon McCrea also plays in the Budesliga. He averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds for Medi Bayreuth last season.
“I’ll get a good, solid year of Eurobasket experience against a high level of competition,” Beverly said. “It’s a good league with a lot of good players. So I think it’s a great opportunity.”
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Beverly amassed 1,799 points, 1,004 rebounds and 330 blocks in four years at Daemen. He did most of his damage inside for Daemen. He needs to develop his perimeter game as a pro. However, he has the frame and the athleticism to be an intriguing developmental prospect, which is why NBA teams scouted him before the draft.
“I’ll be playing and traveling with the top team, but I’ll also play for their second-level team, so I’ll get a lot of minutes, and that’s what I need,” Beverly said.
Beverly is encouraged that language should not be a barrier.
“I spoke to the coach and the whole environment around the team is in English,” he said. “The team speaks English in practice. I also talked to Jason Rowe, and right away he said do it. I respect his opinion.”
Rowe, one of Buffalo’s all-time prep greats, has been playing for the past 15 seasons in Europe. He averaged 11.5 points a game for the Chartres team in France last season.