TORONTO — Former University of Maine forward Mike Allison has signed a one-year contract with the Durham Wildcats of the British Basketball League.
Allison will also be provided the opportunity to earn a master’s in medical education at Durham University while playing for the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-9 Allison was a two-time America East Conference All-Defensive Team pick for coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears. Last season he averaged 6.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and a league-best 1.7 blocked shots per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Allison, who hails from Lynden, Ontario, also led America East with 2.2 blocks per game as a junior. That season, he was named to the College Sports Madness All-America East third team.
Allison has also been awarded a scholarship by Durham University to attain a master’s to be completed by the spring of 2014. He will be studying medical education, building the necessary foundation to become a doctor or chiropractor at the conclusion of his playing career.
“I am really excited to go to Durham this season,” Allison said in a press release. “This is an exceptional opportunity for me to continue school and build for my future while playing my first year of professional basketball.”
Last summer, Allison was among only five AE players to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court, which recognizes players who earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. He graduated from UMaine in May with a degree in kinesiology and physical education.
Durham had a 10-23 record in the BBL last season.
“We are delighted to add Mike to our Durham squad,” said Quentin Sloper, chairman and owner of the Durham Wildcats. “We are confident that we are getting a player that is going to add another dimension to the team — he is a great signing for us.”