Spenser Mitchell to play professionally in Ireland

Spenser Mitchell to play professionally in Ireland

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Former Saint Leo University men's basketball standout Spenser Mitchell has signed a professional contract to play basketball in the Republic of Ireland.

Mitchell will join the Swords Thunder squad in Ireland's Premier League. This will be the Dublin-based club's first season in Ireland's top level of professional basketball; the Swords competed in Division One in 2013-14 and finished in second place with an 11-3 record.

While playing with the Thunder, Mitchell will also be pursuing a Master's degree in international business at Griffith College.

Mitchell is the third Saint Leo basketball player over the last three seasons to sign a professional contract, joining Jordan Prais '10 and Marcus Ruh '13.

"I was incredibly blessed to be a part of the Saint Leo men's basketball team for the last four years; I met a lot of extremely talented players and coaches and was a part of something really special as we changed the way people looked at Saint Leo athletics," said Mitchell.

"Playing under Coach Randall not only improved me physically and mentally for the college game, but with the help of him and the assistant coaches over the last three years, I was able to properly prepare myself to play at the professional level as well," added Mitchell. "I couldn't be more thankful for the years spent growing on that campus."

The four-year letterwinner averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds during his senior season while shooting 65.0 percent from the field. Mitchell recorded a career-high 17 points in the Lions' 75-67 victory over West Alabama in the NCAA South Region quarterfinals, and pulled down a career best 14 boards twice during the 2013-14 campaign.

"Spenser is an excellent competitor and a one of the best position defenders I have ever coached. Nobody outworks Spenser Mitchell," said Saint Leo head men's basketball coach Lance Randall. "He was in the gym at all hours, culminating in playing a huge role in three NCAA tournament berths during his career and becoming the field goal percentage leader for the entire Sunshine State Conference his senior year." 

"The Swords Thunder are getting a terrific basketball player and an even better person. I look forward to following his professional career," said Randall.

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