July 24, 2009

Eric Flato ’08 Signs With England’s Plymouth Raiders

Outstanding Guard Finished His Yale Career Second In Three-Pointers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Eric Flato '08, who finished his Yale career second in school history with 213 three-pointers, has signed a professional contract to play with the Plymouth Raiders in England. Flato started 83 games for the Bulldogs and scored 1,193 points, which is 13th all-time at Yale.

"I'm really excited about the upcoming season with Plymouth," Flato said. "I've heard nothing but good things about the club and the city. I look forward to working hard every day to improve on what the team accomplished last season. I'm also really excited about working with the community and promoting basketball in Plymouth."

Flato, who did not play last year because of an injury, was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection as a junior when he finished in the top 10 in the Ivy League in six categories, including scoring (6th, 15.3 ppg.) and assists (4th, 3.56 per game). In addition, he was named the Ivy League Most Valuable Player by CollegeInsider.com. As a senior, he finished 10th in the league in scoring (11.9 ppg.), fourth in three-pointers (2.26 per game), sixth in steals (1.33 per game) and eighth in assists (2.59 per game).

"I'm absolutely delighted to have Eric on board with us," said Plymouth coach Gary Stronach. "He had a quality college career at Yale, and he's a very steady point guard who can hurt an opposing team in a variety of ways, shooting from deep as well as getting to the basket."

Flato is the second Yalie to play for the Raiders, joining Daniel Okonkwo (1997).

"We're overjoyed to have signed Eric," said Plymouth Chief Executive Dave Briggs. "He's proved himself in the States, during which time he's played against some of the best university teams in the country. He's never backed down from a challenge, and I think he's going to fit in great with the team this year."

Flato becomes the seventh former Bulldog who is playing professionally, joining Edwin Draughan '05 (FOS Ouest, France), Dominick Martin '06 (Plasencia Extremadura, Spain), Matt Kyle '08 (Galitos FC, Portugal), Caleb Holmes '08 (UMFH, Iceland) and Ross Morin '09 (SAM Massagno, Switzerland).

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