Wednesday July 30, 2008
AIKEN, S.C. – Jeremy Fears, an All-Region and All-Conference player at USC Aiken in 2007-08, signed a professional contract Tuesday with the Kapfenberg Bulls of the Austrian Bundesliga A Division. With the signing Fears foregoes his final season of collegiate eligibility at USC Aiken to pursue his dream.
“I am really excited to play professional ball,” Fears said. “I have always dreamed of playing professionally. The NBA is always my goal, but as they say you have to crawl before you can walk. This is just a start for me, and I feel like I am blessed to have the opportunity. All expenses are taken care of for my family. I am a family man so it will be great to have them with me.”
Kapfenberg plays in the top division of Austrian professional basketball, and the Bulls fell in the semifinals of the playoffs a season ago. The franchise is located in Kapfenberg, Austria, where Fears and his new teammates will begin practice on August 25.
Fears indicated on top his base salary he will also receive a car, a fully furnished apartment, full benefits, a meal allowance, and a travel budget to come back and forth to the United States.
“We are very excited for Jeremy, and I think this is a great opportunity for him,” USCA head coach Vince Alexander said. “He is a great player, and he will do well. He has promised me he will come back next summer and work towards getting his degree. This is a great move for both him and his family.”
As a junior at USC Aiken, Fears averaged 17.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game in helping the Pacers to a Peach Belt Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 6’5” Chicago, Illinois, native played in 27 games, starting 19, and was named First-Team All-Region and All-Conference.