BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Shaw University men's basketball guard Akeem Echols has signed a contract to play professionally in his hometown for the Baltimore Hawks, a team that competes in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
"Considering how early we are into training camp I'm uncertain of what Akeem's exact role will be. But I do know that he has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways and therefore he will be a huge asset to this year's team," said Greg Brown, Head Coach/Owner.
Located in Baltimore City, the Baltimore Hawks play at the 2,000-seat capacity Saint Frances Academy. Formed in 2014, the Baltimore Hawks is one of 92 ABA professional teams playing in the USA.
As a senior at Shaw during the 2015-16 season, Echols was a vital component off the bench for the Bears, averaging 5.2 ppg and 2.8 rbg. He scored in double figures six times, including a season-high 16 points in 18 minutes at Winston-Salem State in route to a 100-90 victory on Feb. 10 for Shaw.
General Manager, Brandon Miles added, "I think he will bring leadership to the team. He has the ability to control the floor, a great floor general."
Today, the ABA has nearly 1,000 players competing at the professional level, over 200 coaches and over 200 officials. It is made up of former NBA players, NCAA Division I and II players, McDonalds All Americans, international players, and is the platform for sending off many players to international teams.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw Athletics and its 11 varsity sports teams, visit www.shawbears.com.