ALEXANDRIA, La -- Two of the pillars of the LSUA men’s basketball team’s foundation will spread across the world as both Brian Sylvester and Jordin Williams have signed professional contracts to play in Europe.
Sylvester, who was with the Generals for the first three seasons, has signed to play for BC Mess of the National 2 league in Luxembourg. A two-time mention on the NAIA All-Americans list while at LSUA, Sylvester is expected to jump right into the starting line-up for the green and white team based out of the city of Mondercange, becoming one of the two Americans allowed on the team by league rules. Sylvester, who became the first General to hit the 1,000 career points scored milestone, still holds LSUA career records for field goals made, rebounds, rebounding average, and blocked shots. He was named the RRAC’s Defensive Player of the Year all three years he was a General while earning All-Conference honors all three seasons as well.
Williams, one of the first two Generals to play all four of his collegiate seasons with LSUA, signed on to join POAK BC of the Greek Basketball League. Accustomed to success, Williams will be joining a team that has won two Greek League Championships, three Greek Cups, and will play in one of Europe’s top continental tournaments, the Basketball Champions League, for the third time in the tournament’s three year history. Based out of Thessaloniki, Greece, PAOK BC has qualified for the knockout round of the previous two Basketball Champions League tournaments, making the Round of 16 both times. The team has won two lower level European Cups. An NAIA First Team All-American in 2017-18, Williams guided the Generals to the NAIA National Championship Game this past season, scoring 31 points in that Championship Final while helping bring the Generals back from a double-digit second-half deficit to force the game into overtime. The second General ever to go over 1,000 career points, Williams became the first to go over the 1,500 point mark, doing so while setting career records in both three-point field goals made and free throws made. He also holds LSUA career records in assists and steals. He was twice named All-Conference by the RRAC and was the RRAC Tournament’s most valuable player in 2018.
“We are proud of Jordin and Brian on beginning their professional careers,” said LSUA head men’s basketball coach Larry Cordaro. “They are going to put our program on a new level as this will be our first foray internationally. Our coaching staff takes pride in developing both quality basketball players and men, and it’s humbling to assist them in pursuing their dreams and goals. We look forward to seeing more former, current, and future players play professionally to represent our university and program.”
Both Sylvester and Williams will make their international professional debuts this fall.