DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Former St. Bonaventure men's basketball standout Demitrius Conger has signed a professional contract with San Francisco de Macorís, a team in the country's top league.
The team, nicknamed the Indians (Indios in Spanish), announced the signing Wednesday. Conger is already in the Dominican Republic and will begin playing for the club immediately.
San Francisco de Macorís is currently seven games into its 2013 season and has a record of 4-3. The team is one of eight in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LBN), which is separated into two, four-team divisions. Conger's club is in the North Division; a division it won last year.
Conger, a 6-6 swingman, graduated from Bonaventure in May before working out for several NBA teams – most notably his hometown Brooklyn Nets – leading up to the NBA Draft on June 27. Playing out of position most of his senior year, Conger still was the
only player in the Atlantic 10 Conference to lead his team in points (14.3 per
game), rebounds (7.1) and assists (3.2).
"This is a great opportunity and spot for me to start my professional career," Conger said. "I'm excited to get started playing right away and hope to make an immediate impact. I'd like to thank San Francisco de Macorís for giving me this chance, and I'd also like to thank all the Bonnies fans who were there with me for four great years."
Over the course of his career with the Bonnies, Conger scored 1,206 career points (26th all-time), grabbed 645 rebounds, dished out 249 assists and recorded 83 steals. He is one of just three players in program history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists. A proven consistent, healthy player, Conger started each of the final 92 games of his collegiate career, dating back to his sophomore campaign. For his career, Conger had 12 double-doubles – four in each of his final three seasons.
Conger was a key cog in SBU's run to the 2012 A-10 Championship as he was named to the All-Championship Team after nearly posting a triple-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a semifinal win over Massachusetts. View Conger's complete résumé by clicking here.
Nicknamed "The Birdman," Conger produced several highlight-reel dunks over his four years in the Brown and White, including two this past season during A-10 play which ended up on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays. The first came on Jan. 16 versus Xavier, with the second taking place on March 6 at Dayton.
Conger has experience playing on foreign soil previously, as he was chosen as a member of the Global Sports Select/All-Star Team during the 2011 summer. The collegiate squad played five games in eight days against professional teams in Belgium and Germany.
Fans can follow Conger on Twitter (@SidneyDeane11), "Like" his new team on Facebook (/IndiosSFM), interact through the club's Twitter handle (@IndiosSFM) and catch many of the games live via an online video feed (www.indiostv.com).