Alaeze inks professional contract in Spain

RICHMOND, Va. – Former VCU women's basketball player Adaeze Alaeze has signed a professional contract with Spanish team Club Deportivo Bosco Vigo in the second division.

Alaeze, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, was a 1,000-point scorer during her career as a Ram and was named to the All-Atlantic 10 third team in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. As a senior this past season, she led the team in minutes played and in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game. 

"A lot of hard work and patience as well as support from my teammates, coaches and fans have all helped me turn my dreams of playing professional basketball into a reality. I'm so excited for what the future has in store for me and this is a day I'll never forget," said Alaeze.

Alaeze is the newest addition to a growing list of former VCU women's basketball players currently signed to professional contracts. She is the eighth VCU player currently on a professional roster joining Quanitra Hollingsworth, Krystal Vaughn, D'Andra Moss, Robyn Parks, Radoslava Bachvarova, Courtney Hurt and Kita Waller.

"I am very excited for Daisy to continue her career as a professional athlete in Spain. She has worked extremely hard both on and off the court. Daisy will be a tremendous representative of VCU and of our program," said head coach Beth O'Boyle.

Alaeze reached double-figure scoring in 20 contests both her junior and senior seasons and finished her VCU career with 1,026 points and 2,800 minutes played. In 2015-16, she scored a career-high 23 points with five assists and four rebounds this past season in an overtime win against La Salle. She also tallied 22 points and eight rebounds in a win over UNC Wilmington.

She will leave the United States in early September as her team Club Deportivo Bosco Vigo will begin preseason preparations on Sept. 10.