GORHAM, Maine – Former University of Southern Maine Huskies' men's basketball standout Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, Maine) has earned a professional contract with the Basketball Thailand Super League (BTSL). Nouchanthavong joins John Jordan (Maine Lumberjacks), Devin Chambers (Mexican LNBP) and Jeremey Jackson (KB Kosova) as former Southern Maine men's basketball standouts who have gone on to play professionally at the conclusion of their intercollegiate careers (research ongoing).
A graduate of nearby Westbrook High School, Nouchanthavong transferred to the University of Southern Maine after a success start to his career at Southern Maine Community College. In his three seasons with the Seawolves, Nouchanthavong put his mark on the SMCC record books in points, rebounds and assists and earned first team United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American honors.
Joining the Huskies for the 2015-2016 season, Nouchanthavong made an immediate impact in Gorham and throughout the Little East Conference, earning first team All-LEC honors. The high scoring 6-2 guard had an outstanding season for the Huskies, averaging a team-leading 18.2 points per game, which was good for third in the Little East. Shooting 46.2 percent (154-for-333) from the field and 43.1 percent (66-for-153) from three-point range, Nouchanthavong scored 472 points on the season. Running the Huskies' offense, Nouchanthavong was second in the Little East Conference in assists, passing off 116 helpers to average 4.46 assists per game en route to an outstanding 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Nouchanthavong scored in double-figures in 23 games, setting career and season-high total of 34 points in back-to-back games against Plymouth State (February 17, 2016) and UMass Dartmouth (February 20, 2016).
Named the Little East Conference Player of the Week twice during the 2015-2016 season, Nouchanthavong finished his year with the Huskies, averaging 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.46 assists and 1.23 steals per game. His 66 three-pointers are currently sixth in Husky single-season records, while his 43.1 shooting percentage from long-range is ranked 14th.
Following his playing career at Southern Maine, Nouchanthavong joined the Huskies' coaching staff for the 2016-2017 season, and has been on the Gorham campus working out at Hill Gymnasium in preparation for his inaugural season as a professional basketball player.
Leaving this week for his career endeavor, Nouchanthavong will join Luang Prabang one of the 11 teams that compete in the men's division of the Thailand Basketball League. The TBL competes using FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules.
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