VERMILLION — Trey Burch-Manning will see his basketball career continue as he has signed his first professional contract to play for the Basketball Academy of Limburg in Limburg, Holland.
The recent University of South Dakota graduate leaves for Limburg in the middle of August with training camp starting shortly after his arrival and games beginning in September.
“It is a great opportunity,” Burch-Manning said. “I am very excited. It is something that I have dreamt about since I was little, playing basketball as a career.
“I’m taking the opportunity and it is pretty exciting to be able to experience a new culture, playing and being somewhere new.”
The native of Federal Way, Washington, saw a career year in points per game as a senior with 11.1 while grabbing 6.2 rebounds per contest. He also hit a career-best 43 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts in his senior season, a year where he sank 37 of his 49 career long-range shots.
“We’re excited for Trey,” USD head coach Todd Lee said. “He has worked hard to get to this point in his career and we know he will represent South Dakota well.”
For his career, he averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. His 620 rebounds rank him 18th all-time in USD history.
Burch-Manning garnered his bachelor of science degree in sport marketing and media in May, and then went back home to workout while awaiting his professional opportunity.
“I went home for a little over a month and have been working out with some close friends that now play overseas along with having some of my old AAU coaches working me out,” Burch-Manning said. “I’ve just been trying to prepare and get my game ready for the next level.”
That next level is the Dutch Basketball League where he intends on helping a young club compete for a championship. The Basketball Academy of Limburg (BAL) was founded in 2013 and entered the Dutch Basketball League in 2017-18.
“I am happy that Trey signed with BAL for the coming season,” Burch-Manning’s head coach Radenko Varagic said. “With Trey’s capabilities, we have a good reinforcement both defensively and offensively. I look forward to seeing what he will bring us next season.”