Oklahoma Christian University basketball standout Kendre Talley signed a professional contract with BBG Herford of the German Regionalliga on Friday.
The 5-foot-9 point guard from Star Spencer High School will report to the German team next week.
Talley earned National Christian College Athletic Association All-America second-team and All-Heartland Conference first-team honors during the 2013-14 season.
“I am excited,” he said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs in this process, trying to get over there. I’ve had a couple of coaches say ‘no.’ But I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity, because they don’t come easy.”
Talley is the second former OC player to sign with a German pro team. Earlier this summer, Will Reinke of Lawton signed with Gotha of the German Pro A League.
As a senior, Talley became the first player in Heartland Conference history to lead the NCAA Division II league in three major stat categories — scoring (17.5 points per game), assists (5.9 per game) and steals (2.0 per game). He also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 79.1 percent from the free-throw line, 45.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
Talley finished his OC career with 1,333 points, tying him for No. 24 on the Eagles’ all-time scoring list.
“I’m thrilled for Kendre, because he has put his heart and soul into basketball, for four years for me, for four years for Patrick Cudjoe at Star Spencer High School,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He is living proof of what hard work and dedication can do, if you take care of your business on and off the court.
“At 5-foot-9, it’s not easy to do what he’s done. Those guys don’t get the same red-carpet treatment big guys get. They have to earn it and Kendre has more than earned what he’s got. He is such a great ambassador for OC.”