Friday, April 14, 2017

Former KWC Guard Marcus Fillyaw Signs Pro Contract in Puerto Rico

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College guard Marcus Fillyaw has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENBSORO, Ky. – Former member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team Marcus Fillyaw has signed with the Brujos de Guayama of the Baloncesto Superior Nacionale, a premier professional league in Puerto Rico.

A first tier level league, the BSN was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation with 11 teams. The 36-game season begins in early April with playoffs set for July.

"The opportunity to play in this league is wonderful, especially as a rookie. It is a great league that has produced and seen a ton of talent," commented Fillyaw. "This year will help me gain very valuable experience that will help me further down the road."

A two-year starter at Kentucky Wesleyan, Fillyaw helped the Panthers end a three-year NCAA tournament drought during the 2015-16 season. The two-year captain compiled a 49-12 record and finished third in the record books averaging 2.0 steals per game, and sixth in assists with 4.0 per game. Fillyaw averaged 7.6 points in 61 games, grabbing 176 total rebounds and boasting a shooting percentage of 47.5%.

"Marcus Fillyaw was the epitome of what you want Kentucky Wesleyan to be when he was a student athlete here. His diligence, hard work and time in the gym is flat out why he has this opportunity," said Head Coach Happy Osborne. "All of us are extremely proud of him and none of us are surprised from all of the hard work he put on both on and off the court."

The Topeka, Kansas native scored in double figures in 17 games as a Panther. The Business Administration major was an Academic All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference selection his senior year with a 3.7 GPA.

"I can't say enough about how Coach Happy and his staff have helped me throughout the process. They've taught me the game, the correct approach to have mentally, and ways to develop consistency that has helped to get me to this point along with so much more off the court," noted Fillyaw. "Kentucky Wesleyan really helped shape me into who I am today, not only as a player but even more so as a person and I will always be grateful for that."

Prior to signing with Guayama, Fillyaw helped the Owensboro-based Kentucky Mavericks to a 12-1 record. He led the Premier Basketball League in assists and recorded a triple-double in a 114-85 win on Feb. 12.

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