Men's Basketball

Morehead's Posthumus to play basketball in Japan

Morehead State Eagles' Chad Posthumus (20) grabbed a rebound in the second half of the Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky basketball game at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. Morehead State beat EKU 86-79. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Morehead State Eagles' Chad Posthumus (20) grabbed a rebound in the second half of the Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky basketball game at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky., on Feb. 8, 2014. Morehead State beat EKU 86-79. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Former Morehead State standout Chad Posthumus has signed a one-year contract with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo of the National Basketball League of Japan, the school announced Friday.

"Congratulations to Chad and his family," Coach Sean Woods said. "We want players, like Chad, who have aspirations to earn their degree and play basketball at the next level. Time will tell, but I think he has a chance to be a very good professional player."

Posthumus, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, recorded 574 points, 595 rebounds and 55 blocked shots in two seasons with the Eagles. As a senior in 2013-14, the 6-foot-11 center averaged 9.6 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

In 2013-14, Posthumus ranked second nationally with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game and fourth with 10.9 total boards per contest. He posted 10 double-doubles.

"Chad has improved his game every year, dating back to when we started recruiting him," Woods said. "Chad has terrific size and a knack to get rebounds. The pro game is played at a very fast pace, but I'm confident Chad will make the necessary adjustments."

Posthumus was not chosen in this year's NBA Draft but played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes over a four-game span.

"I've been waiting a long time to start my professional career and can't wait to be a part of the Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo Basketball Club in Japan," Posthumus said. "My two years at Morehead State, and this summer with the Chicago Bulls, have really helped prepare me for the next level. I'm very grateful for this opportunity."

Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was 31-23 last season and tied for third place in the NBL's Eastern Conference.

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