Weems' Pro Career Takes European Turn
Kyle Weems
Kyle Weems

July 26, 2012

BONN, Germany -- Missouri State's Kyle Weems has signed a one-year professional basketball contract with the Telekom Baskets of the German BBL league franchise, the Bonn-based club announced Thursday (July 26).

Weems recently completed the five-game NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in which he played the opener with the Golden State Warriors before joining the Toronto Raptors for the final four games. He scored 20 points in four games with the Raptors and averaged 2.5 rebounds and 16.0 minutes per contest.

"Kyle can play with his back to the basket or with his face to the basket. That will make us more flexible," said Michael Koch, head coach of Telekom squad that finished 18-15 last year on the way to a BBL quarterfinal run.

The Telekom Baskets team includes two other American-born players, including Mercer product Jared Jordan and Valparaiso's Chris Ensminger, along with Patrick Ewing, Jr., who officially calls Jamaica home.

A three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference player and 2011 MVC Player of the Year, Weems led the Bears in scoring and rebounding this season with 15.6 points and 7.2 boards per contest. He also had team-highs in field goals (182), free throws (75), three-pointers (61) and blocked shots (20), while sharing the team lead in minutes played (1,005) in 2011-12.

Weems began his career by earning MVC All-Freshman honors in 2008-09 and followed that with All-MVC second-team distinction as a sophomore. In 2011, he was named MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year after leading MSU to its first-ever Valley regular-season title and a 26-9 overall record. He also claimed Associated Press All-America honorable mention status in 2010-11, along with NABC All-District and USBWA All-Region honors.

He was named MVC Preseason Player of the Year in 2011-12, earned All-MVC first-team honors for the second time, claimed NABC All-District first-team distinction and finished ninth in the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award on-line voting. This spring, Weems participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and a tournament-high 3.3 steals.

Also this winter, Weems claimed his sixth career MVC Player of the Week honor (Jan. 1) after helping the Bears to a 2-0 start in league play and in particular for his 31-point effort in the Bears' win at No. 19 Creighton on Dec. 28. For his efforts, he was named as the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, StatSheet.com National Player of the Week, CollegeSports360.com National Prime Time Performer of the Week, and the Lou Henson Award Mid-Major National Player of the Week. Only three players in MVC history (Hersey Hawkins, Bob Harstad and Kyle Korver) have won more MVC Player of the Week Awards than Weems.

He also finished as the only player in Valley history to score 1,800 or more points, collect 800 or more rebounds and knock down 200 three-pointers. He finished 19th on the MVC career scoring list (1,868), 36th in rebounding (844) and 17th in 3-pointers (240).

On Missouri State's career charts, Weems finished No. 2 in scoring, No. 4 in rebounding and No. 4 in three-pointers. He also became the Bears' career leader in games played (134), double-figure scoring games (110) and fouls (382), while ranking second in minutes (3,981), fourth in field goals (681), fourth in field goal attempts (1,550), fourth in three-point attempts (641), fifth in blocked shots (114) and fifth in steals (146).

Weems was part of two postseason runs at Missouri State, including the 2010 CollegeInsider.com championship team and the 2011 team that advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Bonn club will begin its 40-game 2012-13 schedule on Oct. 3.



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