Tommy Spagnolo signs professional hoops contract

File photo | Jefferson Post – Tommy Spagnolo will be playing professional basketball next season in Germany.

BOONE — Former Husky and Appalachian State Mountaineer Tommy Spagnolo has agreed to terms on a contract to play professional basketball for Scanplus Baskets in Elchingen, Germany.

The basketball story of Spagnolo’s career adds another chapter to it after a tremendous high school career at Ashe County High School, a brief stop at Radford University, and then blossoming into one of the top Southern Conference and Sun Belt Conference players at ASU.

After battling injuries and a coaching at Radford, Spagnolo decided to return back home and enroll at App State. After playing some recreation basketball games at the student rec. center on campus, Spagnolo earned a chance to walk on for the Mountaineer basketball team under former head coach Jason Capel.

Spagnolo played sparingly during the 2012-13 season, averaging one points and two rebounds a game.

Then during his senior season, the 6-8 forward took off in a big way, averaging nine points, seven rebounds and one block a game and developing as one of the team leaders.

The waiting game started in the summer of 2014 where Spagnolo applied for a sixth year of eligibility after the medical issues he had suffered during his career at Radford and having to sit out another season transferring.

The NCAA granted Tommy a sixth season, and as it turns out, it would be even more important to the Mountaineer program than anyone realized.

Coach Capel was fired, and due to academic problems in the program, the Mountaineers received a postseason ban for the 2014-15 season.

Under new head coach Jim Fox, Spagnolo not only had another good season statistically, averaging 10 points and seven boards a game, but he was also voted team captain and was the unquestioned team leader for a program full of underclassmen. Spagnolo was the only scholarship senior on the team this past season.

This stop in Spagnolo’s career will be in Elchingen, Germany. The town of roughly 9,000 people has been home to the Scanplus Baskets team since 1994.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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