Alex Renfroe Signs Professional Contract

Alex Renfroe Signs Professional Contract

July 8, 2009

NASHVILLE, TENN. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball player Alex Renfroe has signed a professional contract to play for Latvia VEF Riga.

Renfroe, a local product from Hume Fogg High School and an NAIA All-American at Trevecca Nazarene before coming to Belmont, blossomed into one of the most exciting and productive point guards in the nation.

After helping the Bruins to signature victories over Cincinnati and Alabama in 2007-08, Renfroe burst on the national scene in the 2008 NCAA Tournament against three-time National Champion Duke.

But Renfroe's virtuoso performance against the Blue Devils was merely a precursor of things to come.

This past season, the 6-2 floor general led Belmont to its fourth consecutive 20+ win season and fourth straight postseason appearance. Renfroe averaged 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

As one of only four players in all of college basketball to average at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists per game, Renfroe was showered with postseason accolades. He was named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, All-District by the NABC and Basketball Times, Mid Major All-American by CollegeInsider.com and CollegeHoops.net, and Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year.

Renfroe led the Bruins in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocked shots and field goal percentage - believed to be the first college basketball player since Tim Duncan in 1997 to lead his team in all five categories.

Last year, VEF Riga reached the Baltic League Challenge Cup Final. The Baltic League sports several familiar names to college basketball fans, including Donatas Zavackas of Pittsburgh, John Linehan of Providence, Josh Pace of Syracuse, Sean Colson of Charlotte and Warren Carter of Illinois.

Based on its recent success, VEF Riga has been invited to participate in the prestigious 2009-10 EuroCup season. VEF Riga will play Panellinios BC of Greece in the qualifying round for the right to advance into regular season play. Panellinios BC had Anthony Grundy of North Carolina State and Mustafa Shakur of Arizona on last year's roster.

"Everyone at Belmont is excited for Alex and his future prospects," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said from the recruiting trail Wednesday. "Alex has overachieved and surprised people at every level, and it would not surprise anybody if he thrived professionally. We wish him all the best."

Renfroe is represented by Marc Fleisher of Entersport Management, Inc. Entersport has represented the likes of NBA All-Stars Tony Parker, Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko.