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Furman's Rafferty inks pro deal to play in Belgium
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 07/24/2019
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Furman's Matt Rafferty
Courtesy: Furman Athletics

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Former Furman men’s basketball standout Matt Rafferty has signed a contract to begin his professional career with Limburg United in Belgium’s Euromillions League, it was announced on Wednesday.

A first-team All-SoCon choice and NABC All-District selection, Rafferty helped lead the Paladins to a school-record 25 wins as Furman finished the 2018-19 season with a 25-8 overall record, 13-5 league mark and its first NIT appearance since 1991. The Paladins spent three weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, topped defending national champion and 2019 Big East champion Villanova and also downed 2018 Final Four participant Loyola Chicago during the 2018-19 campaign.

Rafferty concluded his senior season ranked in the top five in the Southern Conference in every major statistical category by averaging 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game. He shot a league-best 61.5 percent from the field, boasted a 76.7 free-throw percentage that ranked seventh in the SoCon and ranked fourth in the league with a 2.1 assists-to-turnover ratio.

Despite an injured thumb and torn labrum that would require postseason surgery, Rafferty tallied 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded five steals to lead the Paladins in a 76-70 loss to Wichita State in first-round NIT action this past March. He finished his career ranked 23rd on Furman’s all-time scoring list with 1,340 points, while placing eighth in school history with 851 rebounds and tied for sixth with 98 blocked shots, and finishing his four-year career ranked fourth on the all-time list with 186 steals. His 311 assists as a Paladin placed him 12th on the career ledger, while his 57.6 field-goal percentage was good for fourth best in school history.

Limburg finished in sixth place in the Euromillions League last season and reached the league semifinals. Limburg’s 2019-20 season is set to get underway in late September.

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