Franklin Taking Basketball Talents To Dutch Top Division
Former North Texas Hoops Captain Signs With Dutch Squad
Aug 14, 2013
DENTON, Texas -
Roger Franklin has always dreamed of playing professional basketball. On Wednesday, just four days after walking across the stage to receive his degree in recreation management and leisure studies, that dream became a reality.
Franklin has committed to play for Matrixx Magixx of the Dutch Basketball League’s top division. Based in Wijchen, Holland, the former North Texas captain is set to report on Sept. 1.
“When my agent called me with the news, I just ran up and down my stairs three or four times,” Franklin said. “I want to thank the Mean Green fans for all of their support over the last two years, as well as coach Tony Benford and the entire North Texas coaching staff. I also couldn’t have done this without Cinnamon Sheffield and Rick Villarreal. All of these people taught me to always chase your dreams because they are never dead.”
The Duncanville, Texas, native averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for North Texas last season, and was the only player to start all 32 games. He leaves Denton as a 45.1 percent career shooter, with 41 career blocks and 51 career steals to his credit.
In June, Franklin got his first look at international basketball in a trip to China with a US contingent of players organized by NetScouts Basketball.