September 30, 2009

CPP Men's Basketball Players Turn Pro

POMONA – Former Cal Poly Pomona standout Larry Gordon, who completed his Bronco career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and just its fifth All-American, has signed a professional contract with Landstede Zwolle of the Dutch Basketball League.
 
The 2009-10 Dutch Basketball League season runs from September through April. Last season, Landstede finished in ninth place in the Eredivisie Standings with a 13-27 mark. The top eight teams in the 11-team league advance to the postseason.
 
Also playing professionally after completing his eligibility last season is Walter Thompson. The Venice native, who joined Gordon as an NCAA Elite Eight All-Tournament member, has signed a contract to play in the Mexican League with Team Halcones, located in Cordoba in the state of Veracruz.
 
Both Gordon and Thompson played instrumental roles on the 2008-2009 men’s team that played in the NCAA Division II national championship game.
 
“I’m happy for Larry and Walter, who earned their way to pro careers by having a great last season,’’ said Broncos coach Greg Kamansky. “That they have been recognized by their talent overseas speaks well of our program. Jeff (Bonds) has been played in Europe and is moving up the ladder in his career along with Luis (Pulido) and Angelo (Tsagarakis) is a great representation of what we’ve done over the last 10 years.
 
Those signings increase the number of former Broncos playing professionally to five. CPP’s all-time leading scorer Jeff Bonds plays for Viopisa Gijon Blaoncesto of the Spain – LEB Silver Division. Former guard Angelo Tsagarakis (2007-08) plays for Paris-Levallois in the France – Pro A league and guard Luis Pulido (who played just one season, 2006-07) plays for Halcones UX Xalapa in the Mexican – LNBP.