NORFOLK, Va. – A pair of former Norfolk State basketball players recently signed contracts to play professional ball overseas. Guards Pendarvis Williams and Michael Deloach will both compete in Italy during the 2014-15 season.
Williams, who wrapped up his NSU career in 2014, recently signed a contract with Moncada Solar Agrigento of the A2 Gold league.
Deloach has been playing professional basketball overseas since he finished up his career at NSU in 2010. He also recently signed a contract to play in Italy this upcoming season, for Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria of the A2 Silver league.
The pair will not be the only former Spartans to play professional basketball this upcoming season, too. Kyle O'Quinn will enter his third year with the Orlando Magic in 2014-15 after the organization kept him past the July 15 waiver deadline.
Williams was a four-year letterwinner from 2010-14 at NSU, earning MEAC Player of the Year honors in 2013. He was a three-time All-MEAC honoree and ended his career with 1,646 points, 533 rebounds, 270 assists, 137 steals and 55 blocks while shooting better than 46 percent overall and 38 percent from 3-point range. Williams led NSU to its only three postseason berths in the program's Division I history.
He recently finished up a stint as a free agent with the Houston Rockets summer league team in Las Vegas, competing in three games in mid-July.
Ranked ninth all-time at NSU in career scoring, Deloach competed for the Spartans from 2006-10. He finished his career with 1,796 points as well as 440 rebounds, 302 assists and 211 steals. He was a two-time All-MEAC first-team honoree during his junior and senior seasons when he averaged better than 21 points a game both years.
Deloach is no stranger to basketball on foreign soil, as he has also spent time in Poland, the Czech Rebublic, Morocco and with other teams in Italy since finishing up at Norfolk State. Last year he ranked seventh in the A2 Silver league with 17.9 points per game.
O'Quinn was a member of the 2012 team along with Williams that won NSU's first-ever MEAC Championship and then upset No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA tournament. O'Quinn was a two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and also won the MEAC Player of the Year Award in 2012. He was taken by the Magic in the second round of the 2012 draft after finishing his career with 1,610 points, 1,092 rebounds and a school record 283 blocks.
He became the first NSU player to be drafted since 1988 and the first to appear in an NBA game since 1986.
Williams and Deloach are two of more than a handful of recent Norfolk State players who have competed overseas in some fashion, including Chris McEachin, Aleek Pauline, Rob Hampton, Tim Zephyr, Kevin Worsley and Tony Murphy.