Watkins Signs Professional Contract

July 27, 2014

Former Boise State men's basketball student-athlete Ryan Watkins signed a professional contract with Aris Leeuwarden of the Dutch Basketball League, the team announced Sunday. The DBL is the highest professional league in the Netherlands.

"I chose Aris because I believe it will be a good place for me to start my career," Watkins said. "It is a good organization that helps guys move forward."

Watkins signed the contract Sunday (July 27) afternoon, and expects to report to the team by Aug. 30.

"I am beyond excited and can't wait to get out there and play the game that I love," Watkins said.

Watkins was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2014 as a senior. He averaged 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, becoming the first Bronco to average a double-double for a season since 1971-72. The 6-foot-9 forward led the NCAA in total offensive rebounds (170) and offensive rebounds per game (5.0) last season. Watkins finished his Boise State career with 1,070 points (No. 19 all-time) and 814 rebounds (No. 2 all-time).

Fellow former Broncos Matt Bauscher and Mark Sanchez also played for Aris Leeuwarden. Bauscher began his professional career with the club in the 2008-09 season, when he led the DBL in scoring and was the MVP of the all-star game. Sanchez played two seasons for Aris (2010-12), including a DBL All-Star campaign in his first season.

Aris Leeuwarden finished 13-23 last season, placing seventh in the DBL before falling in the quarterfinals of the league playoffs. The club advanced to the championship series of the playoffs the previous season.

Leeuwarden is the capital city of the province of Friesland, located in the northern part of the Netherlands.

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