Former basketball player Justin Raffington signs professional contract

German forward joins Gladiators Trier of Germany’s ProA league

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Former basketball player Justin Raffington signs professional contract

Former center Justin Raffington became the first Owl under Michael Curry to sign professionally, doing so with  Gladiators Trier in Germany. Photo by Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Former center Justin Raffington became the first Owl under Michael Curry to sign professionally, doing so with Gladiators Trier in Germany. Photo by Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Former center Justin Raffington became the first Owl under Michael Curry to sign professionally, doing so with Gladiators Trier in Germany. Photo by Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Former center Justin Raffington became the first Owl under Michael Curry to sign professionally, doing so with Gladiators Trier in Germany. Photo by Idalis Streat | Contributing Photographer

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

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Justin Raffington became the first Owl under head coach Michael Curry to sign a professional contract, signing with the Gladiators Trier of the German ProA league on Monday.

Announced via Curry’s Twitter account, the signing will bring Raffington back to his native Germany.

The 6-foot-9 center/forward played two seasons at FAU, after transferring from the University of San Francisco. He finished his career with 417 rebounds, good for tenth all-time in program history.

In 19 contests last season, Raffington averaged 9.2 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds. A foot injury in the middle of the season prevented him from playing in 10 games.

The Gladiators Trier was founded in 1990, and was demoted from the German Basketball Bundesliga for the first time in history last year after finishing 17 out of 18 teams.

Gladiators Trier start their season on Sept. 26.

Ryan Lynch is the sports editor for the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter (@RyanLynchwriter).