Aug. 10, 2009
MANRESA, SPAIN - Former Saint Joseph's star Ahmad Nivins has signed a contract to play professionally in Spain, for Manresa in the prestigious ACB League. The Dallas Mavericks, which selected Nivins in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, will continue to hold his rights.
The ACB League is the top league in Europe and considered the second best in the world, only to the NBA, with Minnesota draft pick Ricky Rubio being the most recent player to come out of the league. Nivins will be the first rookie in four years to play in the ACB.
The Mavericks had used one of their four spots in the Tim Grgurich Big Man Camp for Nivins, which was held recently in Las Vegas.
Manresa, which is located in the province of Barcelona, went 14-18 last season. The team tips off the 2009-10 campaign on October 11.
The Mavericks selected Nivins with the 56th pick in the Draft. He became the 28th Hawk to be chosen in the NBA Draft and the first since Jameer Nelson and Delonte West were selections in 2004. The Jersey City, N.J., native capped off an outstanding career by leading the Hawks with 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds, while earning Player of the Year honors from both the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Philadelphia Big 5. He was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection and finished his career ranked third all-time in scoring (1,789) and sixth in rebounding (955). Nivins set the school record for career field goal percentage with 62.7 percent.