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Former Sooners M'Baye, Fitzgerald sign pro contracts overseas

by Ryan Aber Modified: July 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm •  Published: July 28, 2013
during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadephia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
during the practice and press conference day for the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadephia, Thursday, March 21, 2013. OU will play San Diego State in the second round on Friday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

It wasn’t a huge surprise when former Sooners forward Amath M’Baye went undrafted in last month’s NBA Draft.

While M’Baye hoped to get a chance in the NBA, Europe seemed a likely destination for the French-born player.

Instead of heading to Europe, though, M’Baye appears headed to Asia.

In a Twitter exchange with Oklahoma freshman Jordan Woodard, M’Baye indicated that he would be playing in Japan this season.

Another former Sooner forward, Andrew Fitzgerald, signed with a team in Poland last week.

M’Baye played just one season in Norman, starting all 32 games and averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in helping the Sooners to the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Bordeaux, France, native spent 2009-10 and 2010-11 at Wyoming, where he averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds as a sophomore.

But the 23-year-old, who graduated in May, decided to forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. When he declared for the draft, M’Baye said he was “old enough to start helping out” in taking care of his family.

After starting every game as a sophomore and junior, Fitzgerald’s playing time diminished this season, starting just one game and averaging 15.5 minutes. Fitzgerald averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds as a senior after averaging 12.1 and 5.0 as a junior.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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