Florida Gulf Coast alum Sherwood Brown is back overseas after he recently inked a deal with the Hanau White Wings of Germany's Pro-A division, the team announced Monday.
Already in Hanau, Brown is meeting up with a familiar face: Joey Cantens. Cantens served as FGCU's director of basketball operations during the Eagles' Sweet 16 run in 2013 and is now one of the White Wings' assistant coaches.
Hanau is currently 7-4 on the season and ranks fifth in the standings. However, they just lost a slew of players (Paul Albrecht, Brian Sullivan, and Jordan Wild) to injuries and family matters. Cantens contacted Brown in the middle of last week, knowing that the 6-foot-4 guard had the aggressiveness and long-range potency that they were looking for.
In a matter of just two days, the details were ironed out and Brown's flight to Germany was booked. He flew into Frankfurt on Monday and participated in his first practice with the White Wings on the very same day.
According to a release on the team's Facebook page, Brown's contract with Hanau is about four weeks in duration with the option for an extension. The former All-American honorable mention said it was initially a two-month contract but he wanted more flexibility and the possibility to move up to a higher league.
The 2012-13 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year most recently played overseas in Lebanon last year, where his season was cut short due to a ruptured quad. Previously, Brown spent nearly two seasons with the Maine Red Claws, the Boston Celtics NBA Development League affiliate.
Now he will be competing in Germany's Pro-A league, which is the country's second tier division behind only the Basketball Bundesliga. If the Pro-A sounds familiar, that's because fellow Eagle Bernard Thompson is playing in the same league, for MLP Academics Heidelberg. The two FGCU alumni are a mere 45 minutes apart from each other in Germany.
Brown and Thompson are just a few of the former Eagles now playing in Europe. Chase Fieler recently put up a near triple-double in his second season with Donar Groningen (Netherlands), while Filip Cvjeticanin is lighting it up from outside for KK Gorica in Croatia. Eric McKnight is averaging 3 points and 3 rebounds per game for Randers Cimbria in Denmark, and a healthy Jamail Jones is putting together a phenomenal season for Pallacanestro Sarno in Italy.
Hanau's next game is Saturday, Nov. 26 against the Crailsheim Merlins. Team officials are currently working quickly to get Brown eligible for Saturday, in a process that can sometimes take up to a month.null