NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball standout Amanze Egekeze ('18) has signed a professional playing contract with Yokohama B-Corsairs in Japan, he announced via Instagram Friday.
The Lake in the Hills, Illinois native scored 1,350 career points, ninth on Belmont's NCAA Division I era scoring list. Egekeze was a mainstay in 89 Belmont victories, including three Ohio Valley Conference championship teams.
The 6-8 forward started in the Bruins' 2015 NCAA Tournament near-upset of No. 2 seed Virginia, and was part of signature victories over Marquette, Georgia, Vanderbilt and nationally-ranked Murray State, among others, during his career.
As a senior, Egekeze led Belmont and ranked fifth in the OVC in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He posted 26 double figure scoring games en route to All-OVC First Team honors.
Egekeze, who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in May, finished sixth among all active NCAA Division I frontcourt players in career 3-point field goals made (222).
The 'B League' is the top professional league in Japan, and boasts former college basketball standouts Davante Gardner (Marquette), Nick Fazekas (Nevada), Josh Scott (Colorado), Robert Sacre (Gonzaga), and Josh Smith (Georgetown).
Egekeze joins Ian Clark (NBA New Orleans Pelicans), Alex Renfroe (Turkey), Kerron Johnson (Germany), J.J. Mann (Denmark), Craig Bradshaw (Germany) and Nick Smith (Germany) as former Belmont men's basketball players currently playing professionally.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason 11 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.