Starts Professional Career In Bergen, Norway
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Nick Victor '16 will begin his professional basketball career in Norway. Gimle BBK of Norway's BLNO League has signed Victor, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last winter who helped the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title.
Gimle is located in Bergen on Norway's southwestern coast.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Victor said. "I've always wanted to play basketball professionally and Norway seems like a great place to start my career. The city of Bergen is beautiful and full of nice people from what I've heard."
Since graduation, Victor has been fine-tuning his game to get ready to join the professional ranks.
"I've been mostly working on being more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball," he said. "My trainer has been helping me with different attacking moves as well as helping me prepare for some of the rule changes."
Victor enjoyed an outstanding career at Yale. He is eighth in school history with 82 career blocked shots, and played in 92 games, scored 428 points and grabbed 411 rebounds.
As a senior, he finished sixth in the Ivy League in rebounding (7.2 rpg.) and tied for seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.432). He was one of three players to start all 30 games and placed third on the team with 73 assists. In Yale's NCAA Tournament bid clinching win at Columbia, he posted a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) and then grabbed six rebounds in the NCAA Tournament victory over Baylor. At the team's post season banquet, he was the recipient of the George McReynolds Award as top defensive player.
Victor was limited to six games because of injury in his junior season, but started 30 of 32 games as a sophomore when he finished 10th in the Ivy League with 1.0 steals per game.
Victor, a Dallas, Texas, native, will leave for Norway in early September. Gimle's season begins in October.
"Hopefully this first season I can establish myself in the league and display my improved scoring ability at the professional level," he said.
Victor is the second member of the Class of 2016 to sign a professional contract. Justin Sears '16 recently began practicing with the Giessen 46ers in Germany. Brandon Sherrod '16 also is pursuing a professional contract.
There are three other former Bulldogs who will be playing professionally this year. Javier Duren '15, recently signed with Kaposvari of Hungary's A League after an outstanding rookie season in Holland. Armani Cotton '15 is signed with the Leuven Bears of Belgium's Scooore League and Greg Mangano '12 is a free agent coming off a strong season with the Kangoeroes Willebroek in Belgium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity