- National Teams
Great Britain point guard Andrew Lawrence has signed his first professional contract, with Croatian A1 side KK Zadar.
The College of Charleston graduate will be looking for a good start to his professional career after stepping up with GB this summer in Slovenia at Eurobasket.
“It (signing with Zadar) felt like the right fit for me,” said Lawrence, talking to Hoopsfix on Wednesday afternoon. “They have good ambition, they are really good at developing young talent so it all sounds really good.
“It felt really good to sign my first professional contract and now I can finally be paid to play the sport I love, so I honestly have the best job in world.”
Lawrence explained, other than continual progression, he has no expectations of his role going in until he has had practices and met his new team mates. The 6’2″ point guard flies out at the end of this week.
He received interest from a number of other teams, but wasn’t willing to disclose who, just saying he is “really happy” with his choice, and wanting to thank Zadar for signing him.
Lawrence, who averaged 13.5ppg, 3rpg and 3.7apg in his senior year with the Cougars last season, is coming off a successful campaign with GB at Eurobasket, averaging 10.2 points and 1.6 assists per game on 46.9% shooting.
“I think overall in the Eurobasket tournament we performed well,” reflected Lawrence. “It was a huge shame that we couldn’t get out of the group stages. Looking back, the game we needed to win was the game against Belgium. That game will haunt me for a while.
“But I couldn’t be prouder of the way all the guys fought and where able to grind out two very tough wins against quality opponents. As I am still following you can see how good France and Ukraine really are so you have to give them a lot of credit.
“I also think with a relatively inexperienced team (at that level) we did well and looks very promising for the future especially with the younger ages doing so well. The more games against quality opponents can only help with my development as a basketball player, so I will be taking some of the experiences with me.”
His best game came against Germany, where he went off for 23 points on 7/10 shooting. The 23 year old Olympian represented the Washington Wizards at the NBA Summer League in Vegas.
Check out Andrew’s episode off Off Court here.
Hoopsfix wants to wish Andrew all the best with his professional career!
Image Credit: GB Basketball