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Eversley Inks First Professional Contract with Westports Malaysia Dragons

Eversley Inks First Professional Contract with Westports Malaysia Dragons

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Following an historic senior season in which he was named Big West Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping lead the Cal Poly men's basketball program to the 2014 NCAA Tournament second round, former Mustang forward Chris Eversley signed his first professional contact to compete for the Kuala Lumpur-based Westports Malaysia Dragons.

"I received a call on Monday from my agent while I was lifting and he told me about the opportunity," said Eversley, who compiled a team-leading 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the 2013-14 Mustangs, who captured the program's first Big West Tournament title to qualify for the school's first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. "It's a chance for me to play and go explore the world. (The head coach) said he's looking forward to me getting out there and bringing the same passion for the game that I had in college. They've been in the semifinals of the league playoffs the last two years and want to break through."

With the club's first preseason game scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, Eversley will depart the United States for Kuala Lumpur on Friday. The 20-game regular season schedule for Westports Malaysia Dragons begins on July 16 runs through Oct. 26.

Westports Malaysia Dragons compete in the six-team Association of Southeast Asian Nations Basketball League. Formed in 2009, the ASEAN Basketball League also includes Hi-Tech Bangkok City (Thailand), Laskar Dreya South Sumatra (Indonesia), Jakarta-based Indonesia Warriors, Saigon Heat (Vietnam) and Singapore Slingers (Singapore). The league champion receives entry into the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the annual intra-continent club championship for Asian teams.

"I learned the best way to go about things is to have no expectations so you don't get to high or low and just enjoy the game," said Eversley, one of the maximum two foreign-born players allowed on the club's roster.

A two-time All-Big West selection, Eversley graduated from Cal Poly ranked 12th in program history with 1,192 career points in just three years and ninth with 609 rebounds.

Eversley is the ninth former Mustang under fifth-year head coach Joe Callero to have signed a professional contract. Those nine professionals, having played in eight different countries, include Lorenzo Keeler (2007-10; Mexico), Shawn Lewis (2007-11; Spain), Jordan Lewis (2007-12; Israel), Ryan Darling (2008-10; Germany), Dylan Royer (2008-13; Mexico), Amaurys Fermin (2009-12; Dominican Republic, Cyprus), Will Taylor (2009-12; Germany) and Drake U'u (2009-13; Australia). Among individual successes, Fermin earned 2013 Rookie of the Year praise in the Dominican Republic national league and U'u helped the Perth Wildcats to the 2014 Australia National Basketball League championship.

Photo courtesy of Ian Billings