BLOOMINGTON — Former Illinois Wesleyan and Bloomington High School basketball standout Brady Rose has signed a contract to play professionally in Germany for the Dusseldorf Giants.
"Brady texted me on Sunday and said his agent had a team for him," said Ron Rose, Brady's coach at IWU and father. "The turnaround was pretty quick. He flew out Thursday, practiced with them Friday and they have their first game today (Saturday)."
The Roses received advice from past Titans who played in Europe, Zach Freeman and Adam Dauksas. Brady chose Freeman's former agent, who lives in Dusseldorf.
"Brady's been working out all summer in hopes of having this opportunity," Ron Rose said. "They told him this was likely how it would play out. Rookies are kind of the last to be signed, late August, early September."
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The younger Rose was a three-time all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin first team selection. He averaged 21.1 points as a senior.
Brady Rose finished his IWU career ranked eighth in scoring with 1,687 points, fifth in 3-pointers with 237 and third in free throw percentage at 84.6.
"He was brought over to be the point guard on this team because their starting point guard got hurt," Ron Rose said. "This is a terrific opportunity to get on the floor right away."
Brady Rose will be teammates with former Illinois State player John Wilkins. German teams are allowed only one American, but Wilkins also holds French citizenship.