Towson Tigers Basketball: Braxton Dupree Headed to Israel to Play Professionally

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2011

Dupree went undrafted in June's NBA draft, but will spend the next two seasons playing professionally overseas.
Dupree went undrafted in June's NBA draft, but will spend the next two seasons playing professionally overseas.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

According to Sportando and ESPN, former Towson University basketball player, Braxton Dupree, has signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.

The 6'8" forward from Baltimore announced his decision to bypass his senior season with the Tigers to go pro last April.

Dupree transferred to Towson in 2009 following two seasons at the University of Maryland, where he struggled to get playing time under former Terp's coach Gary Williams.

Despite sitting out the entire 2009-2010 season because of NCAA rules regarding transfer players, Dupree averaged solid numbers last year with the Tigers, posting 12 points and nearly eight rebounds per game in an average of 31 minutes per contest.

Dupree went undrafted in June's NBA draft, but still has aspirations of perhaps playing in the NBA's summer or developmental league after his time overseas, in hopes of getting a shot at the NBA one day, according to ESPN.

Dupree's departure from the university was just one of many last spring, following the program's coaching change after a dismal 4-26 season, which saw the Tigers drop the last 19 games of the year.

Pat Kennedy was let go after seven seasons with the program, going 67-118 during that time. Pat Skerry was hired to replace him.

Sportando also reports that Dupree will be loaned to Nes Ziona, of the Israeli second division, for the first year of his deal.

Patrick Clarke is a Featured Columnist for the Phoenix Suns. Follow on Twitter @_Pat_Clarke

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