Former Lion Bryan Battle signed a professional contract to play for KK Promo in Bosnia’s top professional basketball division, less than one year removed from his stellar season in an FHU uniform.
After graduating from Freed-Hardeman in 2020, Battle returned to Arizona and began working to pursue his dream of being a professional basketball player. His time as a Lion, as well as his hard work in the gym before and after, earned him a contract to play in one of the top leagues in Europe.
As a Lion, Battle averaged just over 16 points per game and pulled down more than seven rebounds per game. He was named an NAIA Third Team All-American, an AMC First Team All-Conference and an NAIA All Star.
“During my time at FHU, I was able to reconnect with my passion for basketball. I met people all over campus who cared about my success,” Battle said. “I’m thankful for two great coaches in Coach Drew Stutts and Coach Jake Mitchell who gave me the confidence to perform well on the court, and I’m thankful as well for great teammates who cared about winning. Go Lions forever.”
“We are so excited for Bryan. This was a goal of his that we discussed at length heading into his senior season,” Stutts said. “The reason Bryan was able to fulfill this goal simply came down to his work ethic and dedication. Last season here at FHU, he approached the season with a professional mindset. He spent countless individual hours in the gym outside of our team practices and was an everyday guy.”
Stutts added, “I know he will continue to work, individually improve, and elevate his team. We are thankful that he joined our FHU family and that we were able to help him achieve his dream. Bryan has a bright future, and I look forward to supporting him throughout his professional career.”