Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – Former USC Aiken men’s basketball standout Chris Commons recently signed a professional contract with the Al Itihad Basketball Club of the Bahrain Premier Basketball League.
Commons is the third Pacer to sign a professional contract this offseason as Jeremy Fears signed recently with DEKE of the Hungarian A Division, while Brian Egwuatu recently inked with Kereven de Energia in Finland.
“Once again as we always are for all our former players who sign professional contracts, we are excited for Chris and his family,” noted USC Aiken head men’s basketball coach Vince Alexander. “We are looking forward to hearing many great things about Chris’ professional career over the coming years.”
Commons ended his two years at USC Aiken as an NCAA Division II consensus All-America selection in 2008-09.
In addition to his All-America plaudits from Basketball Times and the Division II Bulletin All-America Team, Commons was chosen to the All-America team by both the NABC and Daktronics on Tuesday, March 24.
He was an NABC and Daktronics All-America selection after the 2007-08 season as well. Commons was a third team choice by Daktronics in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Commons is one of two Pacers to earn All-America accolades as Clint Keown was also dubbed as a Daktronics All-America choice after the conclusion of the 2001-02 season.
Commons is the only Pacer in program history to record back-to-back All-America seasons.
Commons was a part of the most prolific two-year span in USC Aiken men's basketball history. He was one of the main reasons that the Pacers won 52 games and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2009 for the first time in program history in his two years with the program.