CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern alum Saah Nimley will continue his professional playing career this season with the Newcastle Eagles of the British Basketball League (BBL). Nimley signed a deal with the Eagles this week and will join the club soon, with preseason games approaching in September.
Nimley, a 2015 CSU graduate, is the Bucs' all-time assists leader and third-leading scorer. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native remains the only player in Big South Conference history with over 1,800 points and 500 assists. He made his pro debut with Nevezis Kedainiai, a Lithuanian team, in the Baltic League in 2015-16.
"I'm very excited to have signed for such a great club," Nimley told BBL Media on Wednesday. "I'm ready to get there and help bring another BBL championship to Newcastle. I think my leadership is something I'm going to bring to the team and I'm also going to add to the winner's mentality that the organization already has."
Nimley played catalyst for the second winningest four-year class in CSU history. He led the Bucs to regular season Big South titles and NIT berths in 2013 and 2015. As a freshman in 2011-12, Nimley finished as runner-up for Big South Freshman of the Year honors as CSU captured its first winning season in 16 years.
Nimley capped his CSU career with a magnificent senior campaign in 2014-15, earning Big South Player of the Year honors after ranking fourth nationally in both scoring and made three-pointers per game. His performance also garnered him Honorable Mention All-America status from the Associated Press. Nimley scored 30 or more points seven times, and was the only player in the nation to record four consecutive 30-point efforts.
Several other CSU players during Barclay Radebaugh's tenure as head coach have moved on to professional careers. Jamarco Warren (Class of 2011), Kelvin Martin (2012), Mathiang Muo (2013), Alhaji Fullah (2014), Nimley, Will Saunders (2015), Cedrick Bowen (2015) and Arlon Harper (2015) have or are currently playing professionally.