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Former UB basketball forward Montell McRae signs pro contract in England

Former University at Buffalo forward Montell McRae has signed a professional contract with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. The team is based in Ellesmere Port in England.

The 6-foot-10-inch McRae averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game for the Bulls last season.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the staff of Cheshire Phoenix for the opportunity, I am very happy to be here and be part of this club,” McRae said on the team's Facebook page.

“I am very excited to meet my new teammates and all of the fans. I’m excited for this upcoming season and can’t wait to become part of the #NixNation family. I know me and my teammates are going to have a great season and create some unforgettable moments. Let’s go #NixNation”

Said coach Ben Thomas: “I’m happy that we have been able to sign a player of Montell’s quality. He’s a great team mate and he’s willing to do whatever his team needs for us to be successful! Montell is definitely bringing a winning mentality to the Phoenix after being with Buffalo, his team have been one of the most impressive in the NCAA over the past two seasons beating highly ranked teams such as West Virginia and Syracuse to name just a couple.

“His versatility on both ends of the court will make him stand out in this league. Offensively he is quick for his size and will cause a lot of problems for other bigs, he also has a great shooting percentage from 3 point range which will help us stretch the floor. Defensively his athleticism will definitely help us, he’s capable of defending multiple positions which will help us in becoming a much more aggressive defensive team.”

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