August 27, 2014

Bragg earns tryout with Slovenian team

2014 IBL ChampionsBellingham Slam 6-foot-9 center Austin Bragg, who recently completed an impressive rookie season in the International Basketball League this summer, has earned a tryout with a team in Slovenia as he looks to compete overseas for the first time this winter.

Bragg is in Domžale, Slovenia this week participating in a tryout camp with the Helios Suns, a team which competes in Slovenia’s first-division Telemach League.

According to a press release from the organization, Bragg has been joined by two other Americans and three European players as they vie for an open roster spot with Helios for the regular season. Bragg and the others will take part in a series of training sessions and exhibition games this week before the selection is made.

Bragg played in instrumental role in helping the Slam capture their third straight IBL Championship in July. He exploded for 27 points and 12 rebounds in the 143-126 title game win over Vancouver and earned Most Valuable Player honors, becoming the first rookie to win the award in league history. On the season, Bragg averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per contest as Bellingham finished with a 15-3 record.

Prior to joining the Slam, in March Bragg wrapped up an outstanding senior season for Western Washington, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 17 points and 9 rebounds per game. He became just the second player in school history to score a triple-double in a game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on February 1 versus Alaska-Anchorage.

Link to original article (in Slovenian)

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