Former UMaine star Fraser signs pro contract in German league

Posted June 25, 2013, at 11:59 p.m.
UMaine's Alasdair Fraser puts in two of his points during a game against UMBC on Jan. 5, 2013. Fraser has signed with a pro basketball team in Germany.
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UMaine's Alasdair Fraser puts in two of his points during a game against UMBC on Jan. 5, 2013. Fraser has signed with a pro basketball team in Germany. Buy Photo

ORONO, Maine — Alasdair Fraser took the next step in his basketball career recently when he signed a contract to play professionally in Germany.

According to the team website, the former University of Maine standout is now on the roster of the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha of the German Pro-A league.

Fraser, a 6-foot-7 forward from Falkirk, Scotland, reportedly agreed last week to a one-year contract and will report to the team later this summer to begin training for the 2013-14 season.

“I am delighted that Ali comes to us and part of the BiG family,” Rockets coach Chris Ensminger said in a website story. “Ali is a strong addition to our frontcourt. He is a talented and flexible player who can be used as a power forward and center. ”

On his Twitter account, Fraser responded with thanks to his friends and former coaches who had congratulated them on the accomplishment.

Fraser was the linchpin of the frontcourt the last two seasons for coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears. Fraser earned All-America East second-team honors two years in a row.

The junior ranked second on the UMaine ballclub in scoring last season behind departed teammate Justin Edwards with 13.4 points per game, good for eighth in the league.

Fraser was fourth in America East rebounding (8.1 per game), fifth in field-goal percentage (.489), second in blocked shots (1.2) and sixth in average minutes played (33.3). He was third in offensive rebounds at 2.6 per contest.

The Black Bears posted an 11-19 record that included a 6-10 conference mark. UMaine lost in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament, marking its eighth consecutive first-round defeat in the postseason.

However, Fraser asked for a release from his National Letter of Intent in April, not long after Edwards announced his intention to transfer.

“That is his goal. He wants to be a professional basketball player,” UMaine athletics director Steve Abbott said at the time. “In all likelihood, that’s going to be his first job out of college.”

Since returning to Scotland in May, Fraser has been a member of the Scottish national team that is competing in several tournaments around Europe.

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