Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Oklahoma Christian has produced another professional basketball player.
Will Reinke, the Eagles’ standout 6-foot-10 center from Lawton, has signed with Aires Trikala BC, a team that during the 2013-14 season will compete for the first time in Greece’s A1 division, which consists of 15 teams. The team went 21-5 last season in the European nation’s A2 division.
Reinke entertained offers from pro teams in Germany and Austria before deciding to sign with the Greek team. He also had a pre-draft workout with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Reinke joins a long line of former OC standouts who have played professionally overseas, including Cory Cole, Brad Wedel, John Nottley, Fred Garcia, Brandon Kephart, Jon Jonnson, Michael Hill, Jacques Vandescure, Keith Harris, Lionel Saban, Casimiro Laguna and, most recently, Jarred Merrill, who retired from professional hoops in 2011.
Reinke will report to the Greek team later this week.
“We are very proud and happy for Will and his signing in the Greece professional league,” Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays said. “He has worked hard and progressed yearly. I feel he will continue to improve his game.”
Reinke will be one of four former U.S. collegiate players on the Aires Trikala squad, along with Khalid Mutakabbir (who played at NCAA Division I Presbyterian), Drew Maynard (NAIA Rochester, Mich.) and Stefan Perunicic (Division I St. Francis). Reinke already is listed as a projected starter on the Aires Trikala website.
Reinke was the most dominant post player last season in the Division II Heartland Conference, averaging 19.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 58.4 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. He led the Eagles to a 19-12 record and a berth in the National Christian College Athletic Association championship game.
Reinke earned All-Heartland Conference first-team honors, although the league refused to allow him to be considered for Player-of-the-Year honors because of OC’s first-year status in the Heartland. He also was an NCCAA All-America first-team pick.
As a junior, Reinke earned NAIA All-America second-team honors and was a first-team All-Sooner Athletic Conference pick while leading the Eagles to an SAC tournament title and a berth in the NAIA Division I tournament.
In just three seasons with the Eagles, Reinke scored 1,527 points, good for 20th on Oklahoma Christian’s career list. His 220 blocks ranked him second on the Eagles’ career list in that category.
Aries Trikala BC was founded in 1993 under the name Aeolus Trikalon. In 2012, the club changed its name to Trikala BC. It competed in the Greek A2 division for the first time during the 2012-13 season.