Former Gaels sign for European pro teams


Rickey McGill spent all four years here at Iona while Tajuan Agee transferred in from the University of New Mexico in his junior year. // Photos used courtesy of ICgaels.

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

In the recent months, former Iona College men’s basketball players Tajuan Agee and Rickey McGill have signed for professional European basketball teams since their time away from the Gaels. 

Agee announced his signing on his Instagram early in July, just a month after graduating from Iona College. He signed for BC Balkan Botevgrad in the Bulgarian National Basketball League. BC Balkan Botevgrad have five NBL championships under their belt, winning the league just last season.  

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Agee helped the Gaels win their 12th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in the 2018-19 season, securing 436 points over the 33 games he played, with a field goal percentage of .458 and a 3-point percentage of .357. The Botevgrad power forward was on par in the following season, but it wasn’t enough for the Gaels when they fell to St. Peters in a 54-56 loss to get knocked out of the MAAC championship at the quarterfinals. 

McGill announced his signing on his Twitter on Thursday, moving from Greek side Panionios, who play in the Greek A1 Basketball League, to the Plymouth Raiders, who play in the British Basketball League. McGill had a .378 field goal average and a .238 3-point average with Panionios. He averaged 2.7 rebounds and 7.6 points per game. 

McGill is the only player in MAAC history to win the conference championship all four years of his college career and one of 15 players with three titles. He finished his senior season as an All-MAAC First Team honoree, MAAC Championship Most Outstanding Player award winner, and a Joseph O’Connell Award winner. In his final season win the Gaels, he scored 523 points, averaging 15.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. He had a .473 field goal percentage and a .351 3-point percentage. 

The British Basketball League is set to start November 13. BC Balkan play their next match on September 22.