Ryan Watkins, who led the nation with 170 offensive rebounds as a senior in 2013-14 at Boise State, will play this season for the Helsinki Seagulls in Finland's top basketball league, Korisliiga. As a professional rookie in 2014-15, he averaged 14.6 points and a league-best 10.3 rebounds per game for Aris Leeuwarden of the Dutch Basketball League.
“Holland was a lot of fun ... this year, I’m really excited to go to Finland,” Watkins said. “I had a couple of options, but Finland seemed like the best place for me to play.
“I feel like I’m still progressing.”
On Tuesday, former Bronco guard Igor Hadziomerovic signed his first pro deal with Melbourne United of Australia's National Basketball League – “Igor is an example of what young basketballers from Melbourne can achieve with dedication and hard work,” CTI Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said in a statement. Also set to begin his career overseas is the 2014-15 Mountain West Player of the Year, Derrick Marks, who will suit up for Derthona Basket of Italy's A2 league. Reggie Arnold, another former Bronco, won a title in Korisliiga, and will play next season for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgium’s top league.
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A few former Broncos who played overseas last season are in the process of finding new teams, including Reggie Larry (spent last season in Mexico), Kurt Cunningham (France), Thomas Bropleh (Germany) and La'Shard Anderson (Austria). Daequon Montreal and Tre Nichols are currently playing in Australia.
Coby Karl, who played part of last season in Germany, has decided to end his playing career and pursue coaching. Mark Sanchez, who won a title with Donar of the Dutch Basketball League, also will pursue a coaching career and said he plans to help the Broncos as a volunteer coach this upcoming season.