Despite not hearing their names called among the 60 that comprised the NBA Draft, two of New York's best guards are celebrating their entry into the professional ranks after all.
Sean Armand, who for four years helped build Iona into one of the powerbrokers of metropolitan area basketball, is the first of those two after signing a one-year deal with Fraport Skyliners, a Frankfurt-based club in the German Bundesliga. Armand arrives in Germany on the heels of a senior season for the Gaels in which he averaged over 17 points per game, good enough to earn a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's first team, in leading Iona to the National Invitation Tournament and a regular season MAAC championship.
Branden Frazier trades Rose Hill for Netherlands after signing with The Bright Kings Den Helder. (Photo courtesy of Fordham University)
Joining Armand as a newly-minted professional is fellow Brooklynite Branden Frazier, who today announced his signing with The Bright Kings Den Helder of the Dutch Basketball League. Frazier, who was Tom Pecora's first recruit at Fordham four years ago, blossomed into a warrior combo guard over his tenure at Rose Hill, eventually ranking ninth on the school's all-time scoring list, second in assists, and sixth in three-point field goals. This past season, Frazier was the Rams' leading scorer, with an 18.2 points per game clip that was third-best in the Atlantic 10.