Sportando reported this morning on Twitter that Villanova alumnus Allan Ray had been signed by Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany, where he will play this season. Ratiopharm finished second in the German Basketball Bundesliga, last season and ended third in the German Cup competition.
"I am highly motivated and want to show in Ulm, that I can play better than last year," Ray said on the team's official website.
This will be Ray's first experience playing in the German league, but he won't be the first Villanovan to sign there. Reggie Redding, Dwayne Anderson and Corey Stokes have all done a stint in Germany's top basketball league recently.
Ray split the 2011-12 season between a short-term contract with Slovenian team Krka Novo Mesto, where he averaged 18.5 points and 4 assists in two league games and had 10 points and one rebound in an Adriatic League tilt as well. After that service, he moved on to a French team, Pau-Orthez, in France's top domestic basketball league and in the Eurochallenge Cup (similar to the UEFA Europa League in soccer).
In the French league games, Ray averaged 15.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 29 minutes per game last season.
Ratiopharm expects Ray to serve as a combo-guard, playing mostly at shooting guard, but he is expected to get some minutes at the point as well.
"From his biography here is Allan sure the most high-profile player we could ever win for ratiopharm ulm," Ulm manager Thomas Stoll said (translated by Google) "Was decisive that we participate in the upcoming season on a high class European competition"
"Allan is a very versatile player who can set both offensively and defensively strong accents," head coach Thorsten Leibenath stated. "In addition, his experience will be helpful when we go into our first international season and if we want to attack in the Beko BBL again."
This will be his 6th European team since heading to Virtus Roma of Italian Serie A in 2007. He had been signed by the Boston Celtics after going undrafted and appeared in 47 games for them, averaging 15.2 minutes per game in 2006-07. He reportedly asked for his release after that season ended, shortly after the Celtics completed the roster transactions that landed them Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.