KANSAS CITY, Mo. – LaVell Boyd, who completed a successful two-year basketball career at UMKC this spring, has signed to play professionally with the Dinamo Tbilisi basketball team in the country of Georgia.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to play professional basketball overseas,” commented Boyd. “I want to thank my coaches at UMKC for helping prepare me both physically and mentally for this type of transition. The level of competition we played my two years with the Roos was more than enough to prepare me for the next level.
“I am excited to use the foundation that my coaches and teammates helped me instill while I was at UMKC at the professional level and I look forward to bringing my experiences back to Kansas City.”
Boyd’s one-year agreement will begin on Sept. 1, as he is currently preparing to depart for Europe to join head coach Irakli Khoshtaria and his new teammates. Dinamo Tbilisi, which went 25-3 last season and won the championship finals, competes in the Georgian Basketball Superleague – the highest professional basketball league in Georgia.
“We are extremely happy for LaVell,” head men’s basketball coach Kareem Richardson shared. “It has been a lifelong dream of his to play professionally. We wish him the absolute best.”
Boyd was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection and second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 honoree last season that led UMKC in scoring (17.8), assists (3.9), steals (1.1) and minutes (31.0) per game in his final season with the Roos. He also led the team in made free throws (158) and 3-pointers (87) and was second on the squad in free throw percentage (83.2). He shot 41 percent (189-for-461) from the floor and 40 percent (87-for-216) from 3-point range.
In the UMKC record book, Boyd became the first junior college transfer to join the program’s 1,000-Point Club. He finished his Roos career 11th in program history in points (1,061), fifth in free throw percentage (82.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.1), seventh in scoring average (16.1) and 3-pointers (168), tied for eighth in 20-plus point games (20) and ninth in double figures scoring performances (56).
Boyd led UMKC to its first postseason appearance and victory in the program’s 30-year Division I history as the Roos defeated Green Bay on March 15 to advance to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational Presented by FIVE FOUR.
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