Former basketball player travels to Germany for pro ball career
Former Georgia College basketball player Ryan Aquino (2009-12) has decided to play abroad by signing a contract with the German professional team, Finke Baskets Paderborn.
The team based in Paderborn, Germany just recently changed its name from Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn. Currently playing in the ProA league, which is the secondary German professional league, the team finished in fifth during the regular 2011-12 season.
Aquino got to play in his first game on Aug. 18 in an exhibition game, where he scored 15 points, had seven rebounds and four steals. He is the only listed center on the team. Four of his teammates are also from the United States.
Aquino’s prominent time as a Bobcat is accompanied by exceptional statistics. During his junior year, the forward averaged 10.5 points and eight rebounds per game. He did even better his senior year, averaging 17.6 and 10.4 rebounds per game. His accomplishments on the court earned him a spot on the Division II Senior All-Star Game roster, making him the third player in Bobcat history to make the list.
He was also awarded All-Southeast Region and All-Peach Belt Conference First Team Honors during his career at GC. Aquino excelled off the court as well, proving himself as a well-rounded athlete by earning the PBC All-Academic Team as a sophomore.