Updated October 24, 2021 at 4:09 p.m. to include quotes from coaching staff.
Former Elon University male basketball goalkeeper Ikenna ndugba is officially a professional basketball player.
The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA Gatorade League affiliate team for the Charlotte hornets, selected Ndugba with the 54th overall pick in the 2021 NBA G-League Draft.
The G-League is the official minor league of the NBA, with 28 NBA teams having affiliates competing. The G-League Draft consists of three rounds and 84 total caps, and allows teams to add players from a pool of 150 who sign contracts with the league each season.
“To be drafted into the G-League is a huge, huge accomplishment,” head coach Mike schrage noted. “And for him, having 25, 30 minutes on the road is even better. The fact that he’s in our backyard and has this professional opportunity truly does him honor, and he will always represent Elon. ”
Ndugba spent his first four seasons at Bryant University before moving to Elon as a graduate student before season 2020-2021. He started all 19 games for the Phoenix last season, averaging 10 points and 4.8 rebounds. In addition, he received the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player award last season.
Ndugba was not selected in this summer’s NBA Draft, but signed a contract with the G-League on October 13 to make him eligible for the G-League Draft.
The Greensboro Swarm begins its season November 5. The team finished last season, which was cut short due to COVID-19, with a 5-10 record.
Michael Wolff contributed reporting for this article.