Two basketball standouts from the 2010–2011 season, women’s player Megan Shoniker and men’s player Delroy James, signed professional contracts in January.
Shoniker joined Olimpia GrGAU Grodno of the Belarus Premier League; she is the only American on the Belarusian team. As a senior at URI, she ranked 25th in the nation in scoring with 18.9 points per game.
James joined the NBA D-League with the Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. He returned to the U.S. after playing briefly in Israel this winter for Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon, where he averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 10 games.