Friday, August 28, 2015

Emmy Andujar signs professional contract in Spain

Emmy Andujar's next step after two MAAC championships will come in Spain, where former Jasper signed with Forca Lleida. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)

For four years, Emmy Andujar not only personified the hard-working, relentless style that his Manhattan teams came to be known for, he also embodied the high-character, team-first mantra that guided the Jaspers to back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships.

Andujar's perseverance and grit paid off Friday evening, when the Bronx native announced that he signed his first professional contract, coming to terms with Forca Lleida of Spain's LEB Oro.

"New chapter, new goals," Andujar said via his Instagram account, where he declared he would be moving on to the next level. "I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to take my talents to Spain and start my rookie career there. I want to thank God, my family, mentors, (the) coaching staff at Manhattan, and my friends with all the support. I'm looking forward to this and making the best of it. Time to work."

Andujar, who graduated this past May as the only player in Manhattan history to amass at least 1,300 points, 750 rebounds, 350 assists, and 150 steals in his career, was the Jaspers' scoring, rebounding, and assist leader during a senior season that landed him first team all-MAAC honors as he anchored a successful conference title defense with a second consecutive championship victory over Manhattan's archrival, Iona. He is also the fifth Jasper in the past two years to begin a career in the professional ranks, joining last year's senior class of Michael Alvarado, George Beamon, and Rhamel Brown; as well as Ashton Pankey, who signed with Israel's Hapoel Galil Elyon Club earlier this week.

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