Former Duquesne guard Derrick Colter has signed a contract to play professional basketball in France.
Colter, who finished his career with over 1,500 points and 500 assists, will play for Roen Metropole Basket of the Ligue Natiuonale de Basket Pro B League, the second-highest league in France.
Colter joins former Duquesne teammates Micah Mason, who signed to play professionally in Belgium two weeks ago, and Ovie Soko, who signed a contract to play in Italy in 2014, abroad. Colter is the third Duke player under head coach Jim Ferry to sign an overseas contract.
“I’m blessed to have the chance to do what I love on the professional level,” Colter said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to competing again. I can’t wait to get started.”
Colter, who started every game in his Duquesne career, finished seventh in school history in scoring with 1,695 points and third in assists with 526. The Forestville, MD native led the Dukes in scoring and assists as a freshman and junior, putting him with Norm Nixon and B.B. Flenory as the only players to lead Duquesne in scoring and assists in multiple seasons.
Colter finished his Duquesne career averaging 17.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game as a senior after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014.
“There is no doubt in my mind that D.C. will be successful as a pro,” head coach Ferry said in the release. “He has worked so hard to get to where he is today. He has met every challenge he has ever face — be it on the court or off — and come back stronger. He is as mentally tough as any player I’ve coached.”
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