March 4, 2014

Professional Update: Four Former Bulldogs Enjoying European Experience

Draughan, Mangano, Martin, Willhite Have Been On European Rosters

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Former Yale basketball players continue to make an impact in professional basketball. Four Yalies have been on the roster of teams in Europe this year.

Edwin Draughan '05 is the longest tenured. He is currently with Fribourg in Switzerland and is averaging 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The team has a 14-7 overall record and is in third place in its league. At Yale, Draughan finished his outstanding career seventh all-time in scoring with 1,413 career points. He started all 113 games of his career and is second in school history with 141 steals and fifth in assists with 339. In addition, he was only the third player at Yale to lead the team in scoring for four years. Tony Lavelli (1946-49) and Butch Graves (1981-84) are the others.

Greg Mangano '12 recently signed with CSM Steaua Bucharest in Romania's first division. Mangano also has played in Spain and Germany. In four games with Bucharest, he is averaging 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. At Yale, Mangano was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection. He is Yale's all-time leader with 213 career blocked shots, which is third in Ivy League history. He finished his career with 735 career rebounds, the sixth most in school history, and 1,213 career points, which is 13th.

Sam Martin '13 also has recently embarked on his professional odyssey, signing with the Plymouth Raiders of the British BBL. In his first game, he scored seven points in 24 minutes. In all, he has played in five games and is averaging 5.0 points. Martin appeared in 101 games during his Yale career. Last year as a senior, he was second in the Ivy League with a .459 three-point field goal percentage.

Reggie Willhite '12 saw time earlier this year with Jolly in Croatia's A1 League. Willhite, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft by the Reno Bighorns, was the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Yale. He also set the single season school record with 65 steals as a senior.

There is a long list of players that have earned professional opportunities during James Jones' tenure as the head coach at Yale. Ted Smith '00 (England), Matt Minoff '04 (Israel), Paul Vitelli '04 (Italy), Dominick Martin '06 (Spain), Matt Kyle '08 (Portugal), Caleb Holmes '08 (Iceland), Ross Morin '09 (Switzerland), Paul Nelson '10 (Romania, Slovakia) and Eric Flato '08 (England) have all played overseas. Alex Zampier '10 (NBA D-League), Travis Pinick '09 (NBA D-League) and Neil Yanke '01 (tryout with Los Angeles Lakers) had opportunities in the United States.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity