RICHMOND, Va. – The Mayor is taking his services to not just another city, he's taking it across the Atlantic Ocean.
Former VCU basketball standout Brandon Rozzell, who was affectionately nicknamed "The Mayor" during last year's Final Four run, signed a professional contract with the Lasaulec Aris Tigers today. He will leave for Leeuwarden, The Netherlands on Monday.
"There's a lot of emotions right now because I'm excited about the opportunity, but nervous about leaving my fiancé, son, family, friends and the city where I've spent my whole life," Rozzell said. "I know that this is an opportunity to get my foot in the door of pro basketball again and try and follow in the footsteps of my final four teammates and guys I look up to like [Jamal] Shuler, B.A. [Walker] and all the other guys that have played overseas."
Lasaulec is in the top division in Holland, Eredivisie, and currently sits in sixth place in their league standings. The Tigers are nearly halfway through the 2011-12 season and will look to make a second half push.
"I'm looking forward to getting over there and trying to do what I've always done, bring energy and try and help spark the team," Rozzell said. "A lot of the guys have told me that it's pretty physical, so I'll be ready for that. The team plays an up-tempo style, so I'm looking forward to getting over there and letting it fly."
Rozzell will always be known as one of the best long distance threats to ever don a VCU uniform, finishing his four-year career with 193 treys, which ranks fourth all-time in school history. He finished with 972 points, 137 steals and 124 assists.
The Richmond, Va. native was a huge contributor on last year's Final Four squad, knocking down 17 threes and averaging 12.0 points in those six games.