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IWU's Maxwell, Tu's Bradbury ink pro deals

- From staff reports

A pair of recent graduates from Grant County universities will soon be starting professional basketball careers overseas.

Indiana Wesleyan's Evan Maxwell, who helped the Wildcats to the 2018 NAIA Division II National Championship along with Kendall Bradbury, one of the most decorated players in Taylor University women's basketball history each signed contracts recently to continued their playing careers as professionals.

Maxwell is headed to the Slovak Basketball League and will play for BK Spišská Nová Ves, in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia. He joins a club who finished 9-23 last season, in the highest tier of basketball in Slovakia. Established in 2004, Nova Ves has earned one Slovak Basketball Cup while finishing runner-up 11 times. Maxwell will take the court in early October playing a total of 36 regular-season games.

“Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine,” said Maxwell in a press release from IWU. “I am extremely blessed to join a great ball club and look forward to the competitive games each and every night. I am especially grateful to Indiana Wesleyan who played a huge part in preparing me for this next step. Lastly, I am grateful to have a wonderful wife and daughter to enjoy this journey with.”

Spišská Nová Ves is located four hours from Bratislava the capital of Slovakia and just one hour from Košice, Slovakia, the second-largest city in Slovakia with a population over 350,000. Spišská Nová Ves is a town in the Košice Region of Slovakia with a population around 39,000.

"Evan has put in a lot of time in the gym to position himself to become a pro," said head coach Greg Tonagel. " Evan joins a list of Wildcats to play professional and we look forward to seeing his game continue to grow. We also believe strongly that Evan is eager and ready to impact the World for Christ through the game of basketball."

Maxwell becomes the fifth Wildcat to enter the professional ranks and the first since Jordan Weidner who was picked first overall in the 2014 National Basketball League of Canada draft. Maxwell a two-time NAIA All-American scored over 1,200 points, collected over 450 rebounds, while shooting 46 percent from behind the three-point arc during his two-year stint at Indiana Wesleyan.

Bradbury officially signed with the Limerick Celtics on Saturday and will begin her career in Ireland in September.

The 5-11 forward is coming off an incredible four-year career at TU, setting the Taylor and Crossroads League record for career points and also led the league career in scoring her final two seasons at Taylor.

Bradbury is the first Trojan to make the jump into a professional women’s basketball league.

"I am extremely humbled and honored for this opportunity and I am very much looking forward to embracing this next chapter of my life in Ireland," Bradbury commented on her upcoming opportunity.

Taylor women's head coach Jody Martinez added, “When I met Kendall in 2017, she shared with me that her dream was to play professionally. Her work ethic and driven passion to get better is paying off for this chance to continue to play. My staff, my family and I are extremely happy for her and are excited to see what she will do in Ireland.”