Former Alcorn standout Vance inks pro contract in Portugal
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
LORMAN, Miss. – Former Alcorn State University men's basketball standout Marquis Vance inked a professional contract to play for Ovarense Dolce Vita in Ovar, Portugal.
Ovarense Dolce Vita competes in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB) which is the premier league in Portugal.
"I am very excited for Marquis. This is a great opportunity for him to achieve his lifetime goal of playing professional basketball," said Alcorn head coach Montez Robinson. "Marquis was a big part of the Alcorn basketball program for the last four years, and I am ecstatic for him and this opportunity."
Vance, a 6-7 forward from Tchula, Mississippi, left his mark in the Alcorn record book after four years. He finished eighth all-time in both assists (209) and blocks (80), 12th in rebounding (803) and 23rd in scoring (1,303). Vance is the only student-athlete in school history to be a 1,000-point scorer and also be top-15 in rebounding, assists and blocks.
Vance was a two-time All-Conference First-Team selection. He helped lead the Braves to back-to-back second-place finishes in the SWAC with 13-5 conference records.
This past season, Vance ended fourth in the league in defensive rebounds (4.3 drpg), sixth in total rebounding (7.0 rpg) and seventh in blocks (0.8 bpg) while averaging 10.9 points per game.
He tallied 11 career double-doubles, 70 career double-figure scoring games and eight 20-plus scoring outings. Vance posted a career-high of 30 points against Grambling State on Feb. 9, 2015.