HAMDEN, Conn. Former Quinnipiac University standout guard DeMario Anderson (Oxon Hill, Md.) recently signed a contract to play professional basketball for Spotter Leuven in Belgium's Division 1. In Belgium for less than a month, Anderson has already adjusted well, leading Spotter Leuven's in scoring in each of the team's first two exhibition games (20.0 points per game).
"We are obviously thrilled for DeMario as he begins his professional career," said Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore. "He was an outstanding representative of Quinnipiac University as a student-athlete here and I'm confident he will continue to be a great ambassador for our program. Through his hard work over the summer and the diligence of his representatives at AAI Sports, I think this is a tremendous first opportunity for DeMario, which I'm sure he'll make the most of."
Anderson is one of three American players on the team, while one other played collegiately in the United States. Guard J.J. Miller (North Carolina A&T) and power forward/center Darren Fells (Cal-Irvine) are American, while guard Parfait Bitee, a native of Cameroon, completed a four-year collegiate career at Rhode Island in 2007-08.
Anderson scored 1,063 points in two years at Quinnipiac. He was twice named All-NEC during his Bobcats career, including a first-team selection after leading the Northeast Conference in points per game (21.7) as a senior. In 2007-08, Anderson became just the second Bobcat since 1975-76 to lead the team in points (607, 21.7 ppg.), rebounds (181, 6.5 rpg.) and assists (91, 3.3 apg.) at the season's end.
Spotter Leuven opens its season Oct. 4 against Aalstar.