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Former Greyhound Latham signs pro deal

Jordan LathamFormer Loyola Greyhound forward Jordan Latham, who is set to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology on January 31, has signed his first professional basketball contract with the Corio Bay Stingrays in Australia.

The Stingrays won the 2013 State Championship and finished second in the standings last season as part of the Big V, a senior basketball league based in Victoria, Australia.

“I am really excited about heading to Australia. I hear it is beautiful and the people are friendly,” Lathan said in a release put out by the Stingrays.

The 6-foot-9 power forward transferred to Loyola from Xavier after his freshman campaign and started for the program’s NCAA Tournament team. In just three seasons, Latham tallied 96 blocks, the fifth-most in program history. As a senior, during the 2013-14 season, Lathan played in 32 games and made 16 starts. He averaged a career-best 7.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game but was a tremendous asset on the defensive end. Latham averaged 1.3 blocks per game as a senior.

“The big appeal of Jordan was his length (7-foot-2 wingspan). We expect him to be a shot changer and a big help in the paint this year,” Stringray head coach Mark Leader said the press release from the team.

As a sophomore, Latham played in 26 games but his best performance came off the bench in the MAAC Championship game against Fairfield. During the first half, Loyola’s frontcourt players were forced to sit on the bench with foul trouble but Latham stepped in and finished the game with five points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Before Latham started his college career at Xavier, he was named to The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro team after scoring 17 points per game as a senior at Baltimore City College High School. He helped the team win back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010.

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