Mangano Signs With Professional Team In Germany

Greg Mangano (Ron Waite photo)
Greg Mangano (Ron Waite photo)

Set to Join Ratiopharm Ulm of Germany's BBL League

Greg Mangano '12 will continue his professional basketball career in Europe this fall. Mangano, who finished last season with Forca Lleida in Spain's LEB Gold League, has signed with Ratiopharm Ulm of Germany's BBL League.

In 14 games with Forca Lleida last year, Mangano averaged 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds. Ratiopharm opens its season in early October.

Mangano is an Orange., Conn., native and played at Notre Dame-West Haven High School.

At Yale, Mangano is one of only eight players in school history to earn first team All-Ivy honors in multiple seasons. He is Yale's all-time leader with 213 career blocked shots, which is the third most in Ivy League history. In addition, he finished sixth in school history with 735 career rebounds and 13th in school history with 1,213 career points.

As a senior, Mangano shared the Ivy League lead in scoring (18.2 ppg.) and led the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocks (65).

In the summer of 2011, Mangano was a part of the 12-player roster that represented the United States in the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

As a junior, Mangano finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection. Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.

Mangano was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games were a new Ivy record

He also became the first Yale player since Chris Dudley in 1986-87 to average a double-double for the season.

Mangano is one of many Yale players that have earned professional opportunities during James Jones' tenure as the head coach of the Bulldogs. Ted Smith (England), Edwin Draughan (Switzerland), Matt Minoff (Israel), Paul Vitelli (Italy), Dominick Martin (Spain), Matt Kyle (Portugal), Caleb Holmes (Iceland), Ross Morin (Switzerland) and Eric Flato (England) have all played overseas. Alex Zampier (NBA D-League), Travis Pinick (NBA D-League), Reggie Willhite (NBA D-League) and Neil Yanke (tryout with Los Angeles Lakers) had opportunities in the United States. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity