OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) – For the second time this summer, a former Oklahoma Christian basketball star has signed with a pro team in Germany.
Kendre Talley, who earned National Christian College Athletic Association All-America second-team and All-Heartland Conference first-team honors during the 2013-14 season, on Friday signed a deal with BBG Herford, which competes in the German Regionalliga.
Talley will report to his new team next week.
“I am excited,” Talley said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs in this process, trying to get over there. I’ve had a couple of coaches say ‘no.’ But I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity, because they don’t come easy.”
Talley, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Spencer, will join his former teammate, Will Reinke, in playing pro ball in Germany. Reinke, a three-time All-American at OC, earlier signed with Gotha of the German Pro A League.
BBG Herford, located in Herford, finished 6-18 last season, competing in the fourth-highest level of German pro basketball. BBG Herford is coached by Stefan Schettke.
As a senior, Talley became the first player in Heartland Conference history to lead the NCAA Division II league in three major stat categories – scoring (17.5 points per game), assists (5.9 per game) and steals (2.0 per game). He also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 79.1 percent from the free-throw line, 45.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
In 2012, Talley earned most valuable player honors after leading Oklahoma Christian to an improbable Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title and he was a key cog in OC's march to the 2013 NCCAA title game. During the 2013-14 season, he was the leader of a young team that finished 10-17.
Talley finished his OC career with 1,333 points, tying him for No. 24 on the Eagles' all-time scoring list.
“I’m thrilled for Kendre, because he has put his heart and soul into basketball, for four years for me, for four years for (coach) Patrick Cudjoe at Star Spencer High School,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He is living proof of what hard work and dedication can do, if you take care of your business on and off the court.
“At 5-foot-9, it’s not easy to do what he’s done. Those guys don’t get the same red-carpet treatment big guys get. They have to earn it and Kendre has more than earned what he’s got. He is such a great ambassador for OC.”