Former Aggie Troy Gillenwater signs deal with professional team overseas

LAS CRUCES – Troy Gillenwater still has high hopes for the New Mexico State men’s basketball team.

“I think the sky is the limit for this year,” said Gillenwater, who left Las Cruces after three years to pursue a professional career. “Wendell (McKines) had a great summer and Hamidu (Rahman) got better and there a lot of young guys. We lose me and Gordo (Castillo) but we still have the core of the team with Wendell, Hamidu and Hernst (Laroche) who have all been to the NCAA Tournament. Those guys know what it takes to get back.”

Gillenwater will have to keep up with the Aggies from overseas this year.

Gillenwater signed earlier this week with a Top 5 Cyprus League club Apollon Limassol. He said he leaves for Cyprus on Sept. 10 and league play starts later this month.

“I’m excited about getting out there and getting back playing,” said Gillenwater, who left college averaging 15.2 points per game. “It’s going to be a little different than playing at New Mexico State. It’s going to be a culture change but I’m just adapting and hoping to play the best I can.”

NMSU announced that Gillenwater was forgoing his senior season in May. In June, Gillenwater took his name out of the NBA Draft prior to the NBA’s withdrawal deadline but after the NCAA’s early deadline in May – a decision that kept Gillenwater eligible for next year’s draft.

“This is just a big year,” Gillenwater said. “I can go over there and better myself as a player and come back into the 2012 draft and hopefully get drafted, which has been the goal since Day 1. I have just been working out and trying to prepare myself. I’m playing against grown men. There are a lot of older guys and I know it will be more physical.”


Gillenwater Signs With Apollon

Troy Gillenwater has signed with Apollon of Cyprus, his agent Scott Nichols has confirmed.

Gillenwater will be a candidate for the 2012 NBA Draft.

Gillnwater declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, but eventually withdrew. He led New Mexico State in scoring at 18.9 points per game.

Source: RealGM Wiretap

Lukoil Akademik lands Andre Owens and Akida McLain

Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) and Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) are new members of the Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Akademik.

Andre Owens heads to Lukoil from Donetsk, where he finished 2010/11. He had 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for them in 23 Ukrainian league games. He helped them reach Playoff Finals. Owens started last season with Manresa and later moved to Granada. He received Bulgarian citizenship in 2009.

Akida McLain also arrives to Lukoil from Ukraine. He had 13 ppg and 5.8 rpg for Khimik in 13 league games. McLain shined with Cypriot Hasapis Omonia Nicosia before his move to Khimik. He had 16 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 14 league games. It was his first season as a pro.