NJIT GRADUATE SIGNS PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL CONTRACT

November 5, 2004

Courtesy of Mark Mentone NJIT Sports Information

Cowins Off To Fast Start In Luxembourg


Demond Cowins

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate Demond Cowins of Newark has signed a professional basketball contract and is playing in the European country of Luxembourg.

Cowins is a member of the club Basket Esch in Luxembourg’s Nationale 2 league. Each team in the league is allowed one foreign-born player on its roster, and Basket Esch replaced another American-born player with Cowins one game into the 2004-05 season.

“When a player gets the opportunity to do something he loves and get paid to do it, its definitely a blessing,” Cowins said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to do this. It’s definitely a big change for me living in a foreign land, especially with the language barrier. But this is definitely not a stressful environment. Everyone here is mostly laid back.”

Cowins scored 30 points in his professional debut on October 10 in a one-point loss for Basket Esch. A week later, he exploded for 51 points in a 30-point victory.

“Demond has worked very hard to improve and expand his game and I’m happy he has the opportunity to continue to play,” said NJIT head coach Jim Casciano. “The early indications are that he’s doing very well, and maybe it will open up other opportunities for him. It also demonstrates that NJIT can be a positive step for a young man looking to play beyond college, and hopefully he won’t be the last guy to do it.”

Cowins is the second all-time leading scorer in NJIT history with 1,909 points. He is a two-time first-team all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree and was an all-region selection and the Met Writers Division II Player of the Year as a senior. He played scholastically at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark.

More information on Nationale 2 is available at http://www.eurobasket.com/lux/lux.asp. Basket Esch also has a French-language home page at http://www.basketesch.lu.

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