Senior Jesse Chuku hugs Coach Brett Reed during Lehigh men's basketball senior day on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. Chuku will continue his basketball career after Lehigh with Greek team Kolossos Rodou B.C. (Gracie Chavers/BW staff)

3 former men’s basketball players ink deals to play in Europe

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Former Lehigh men’s basketball forwards Jesse Chuku, ‘16, Justin Goldsborough, ‘16, and Conroy Baltimore, ‘15, each signed professional contracts this summer to continue their basketball career overseas.

Chuku signed with Kolossos Rodou B.C., a team located in Greece. The London native averaged 9.6 points per game in his senior year as he helped lead Lehigh to its first Patriot League Championship appearance since 2012.

Chuku’s final season in brown and white was highlighted by a 22-point performance in a 77-74 win over Navy in February. Kolossos is one of 14 teams that play in the Greek League, the top tier of Greek professional basketball.

Goldsborough and Baltimore will begin their professional careers together in Ireland, playing for the Griffith Swords Thunder of the Irish Superleague. Both players will also be furthering their education in Dublin. Baltimore will be studying for his masters in journalism and media at Griffith College while Goldsborough will be studying for his masters in international business.

Goldsborough, who started 29 games over the course of his career, averaged 4.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game as a Mountain Hawk. Baltimore tallied 2.0 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game in his career at Lehigh. He was a member of the historic 2011-12 Lehigh team that upset Duke University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Including the new trio of European players, coach Brett Reed has produced seven professional since the 2011-12 season. They will join C.J. McCollum, ‘13, Holden Greiner, ‘13, Gabe Knutson, ‘13, and Mackey McKnight, ‘14, as the recent Lehigh graduates to ink professional deals.

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