As a high school player in Ohio, Logan Aronhalt twice went with teams to Italy to play basketball. Aronhalt, who played as a graduate student last season at Maryland after playing three years at Albany, will now be going to Italy to start what he hopes to be a long professional career.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard signed last week with Assigeco Casalpusterlengo, a third-division team near Milan. Aronhalt said his agent sent tapes out to a number of European teams and had a connection to another agent in Italy, who helped close the deal.
“When I went over there [in high school] I really loved it,” Aronhalt said. “I can’t wait to get there.”
Assigneco Casalpusterlengo was the team Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets first played with as a rookie in 2004. It was also the team that former Mervo standout Marcus Hatten played with after finishing his college career at St. John’s.
Known primarily as a 3-pointer shooter who shot a respectable 43.4 percent for the Terps, Aronhalt should be able to help a team that shot just a shade over 30 percent from 3-point range last season while compiling a 20-14 record. But Aronhalt said, “I think I’m going to be counted on to do more than shoot 3s.”
This is the first year that third-division teams in Italy can sign “import” players, Aronhalt said, adding that another foreigner has been brought in for the upcoming season but wasn’t sure who the player was going to be.
Aronhalt said his one year at Maryland helped him attract interest overseas as well as get him in the best shape he’s been in during a career when he battled issues with his knees and back. Aronhalt credited Kyle Tarp, the team’s director of basketball performance, for helping him understand how to train properly.
“Now that I’m going to be on my own, I feel I’m much more capable of taking care of my body,” said Aronhalt, who will likely return next summer to finish his graduate work in kinesiology.
Aronhalt said he has been working out with former Terp Sean Mosley (St. Frances), who played last season with a team in Poland after graduating.
“He really enjoyed it,” Aronhalt said. “He told me that you should really embrace the country and the culture.”
Aronhalt follows Alex Len, the No. 1 draft choice of the Phoenix Suns and the fifth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, among players from last season’s Maryland team to start their pro careers. The lone senior on last year’s team, forward James Padgett, was not drafted and has yet to sign with a pro team.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun