July 24, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - Three former Grand Valley State men's basketball players that starred during their careers in Allendale have continued their careers professionally and are all doing quite well for themselves. Teammates during the tremendous 2007-08 season, Callistus Eziukwu, Nick Freer, and Jason Jamerson are all playing overseas and recently coming off strong professional seasons.
Eziukwu and Jamerson were Laker teammates for four years, while Freer came to GVSU for the 2007-08 season after transferring from Eastern Michigan. All three players started every game that year, as Grand Valley State won its first 36 games and finished 36-1 with a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Before leaving Allendale, Eziukwu and Jamerson cemented their names in the Laker record books. The school (and GLIAC) all-time leader with 329 blocked shots (132 more than anybody else), Eziukwu is also fourth in GVSU history in made field goals (681) and ranks fifth in both points (1,681) and rebounds (924). Grand Valley State's career leader in made three-pointers (303), Jamerson ranks fourth in both points (1,713) and steals (195). In just one season at GVSU, Freer was known for his athletic ability and highlight-worthy dunks, as he averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
This past year, Eziukwu (known to Laker fans as "Bean") spent time with two different clubs overseas. From October to December 2012, the power forward/center played for Kryvbasbasket in Ukraine. In 22 games, he averaged 9.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and shot 57.1 percent from the field. Eziukwu had nine games of double-digit rebounds and scored 20 or more points four times, including a game against Mykolaiv in late November when he tallied 32 points (on 13-of-17 shooting) and 15 rebounds.
In February 2013, he began playing for Panelefsiniakos in Greece's A1 league and, despite playing just a dozen games with his new team, Eziukwu dominated. Although he never attempted more than 10 shots in any game, he averaged 13.2 points per game and shot an outstanding 72.2 percent from the field. Against Ikaros in an April contest, Eziukwu scored 20 points (8-of-9 from the field) and pulled down 13 rebounds with four blocked shots. In another game, Bean recorded a game-high (and season-high) 14 rebounds in a victory over Paok Thessaloniki. In past years, he has played professionally in Poland, Estonia, Mexico, and France.
After spending a number of years in Australia, Freer played 30 games from September 2012 to March 2013 in Germany's Pro B league for Leipzig. Freer really began to find his groove during the middle of the season, scoring in double figures in 14 of the team's final 15 games. That featured a five-game stretch in March in which he scored 24, 23, 19, 26, and 24 points. Earlier in the season - on November 6th against Chemnitz - Freer went 12-of-16 from the field (5-of-8 from three-point range) and tallied a season-high 29 points in the 90-74 victory.
For the season, Freer averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He had good overall shooting percentages of 55.9 percent from two-point range, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.1 percent at the free throw line. For the upcoming 2013-14 season, Freer is listed on the roster for the London Lions in the United Kingdom.
Jamerson also spent the past season in Germany, playing for Finke Baskets Paderborn in the Pro A league. He had previously played in France and Portugal. The sharpshooter closed the year on a strong note, ending up as the team's leading scorer with 14.0 points per game. Shooting at a team-best 38.7 percent from three-point range, Jamerson knocked down 46 three-pointers, the second-most on the team.
During a February game against Crailsheim, he made 6-of-10 three-point attempts for 21 points in a close loss. Jamerson finished the year by scoring a season-high 33 points against Nuernberger, making 13-of-22 shots and draining four trifectas. He scored in double-figures in 14 of the 20 games he played, including seven games of 20-plus points.