Aug. 6, 2009

KORISLIGA, Finland - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has produced many great talents in men's basketball throughout the years. One such talent, Antonio McMillion, has recently continued his dream of playing professional basketball by signing on to play in Finland for the upcoming season. McMillion signed to play for the Salon Vilpas Koripallo in the nation's top league.

"I think this will be a great opportunity for my career because the top league in Finland is very well respected," said McMillion in a phone interview.

The team will sport two Americans on their roster, the most allowed by league rules. The other recent signee is Texas Tech's Charlie Burgess.

McMillion had a two year career with the Hawk's transferring from Colby Community College after a season at Central Connecticut State. He averaged 10 points and four boards his first year of the Hawks, playing in 29 games and starting 24. The Baltimore, Md. native had a better season his senior year, posting almost 13 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. He started in all 31 games in the 2006-07 campaign.

McMillion has stayed busy since leaving Princess Anne. He played in Uruguay in South American in 2008. He was the first American to ever sign as the league had previously only allowed natural-born players. He played for Marne that season and finished top five in the league in scoring at 19.7 points per game. McMillion shot almost 57-percent from the field, was 32-percent from behind the arc and averaged 6.8 rebounds a contest.

He also worked out for two National Basketball Development League (NBDL) teams in the offseason, the Erie Bayhawks and the Utah Flash.

"I hope to have a good season," said McMillion. "Then maybe I can get a look in an even tougher league like those in Spain or France."

In a press release in their website, the team describes McMillion as "sporty and hard jumping." They went on to call him a "very good offensive rebounder," but listed his biggest impact as his character. "He has great attitude and humility, is very coachable and is goal and career oriented."



The Vilpas season begins in October.

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