|HBCU Gameday photo by Erin Mizelle.|
North Carolina Central didn’t repeat as MEAC basketball champions last season, but it has produced at least two pro players from that group. Nimrod Hilliard and Jordan Parks both were offered pro contracts last week and will play overseas.
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Hilliard will join Horsens IC in Horsens, Denmark while Parks will play in Italy.
“It was like a weight off my chest, it was such a great feeling,” Hilliard said in an NCCU release. “I thanked the Lord first thing and I called my mom and they all went crazy.”
Both players came to NCCU from other schools. Parks transferred from College of Central Florida prior to the 2014 season, helping NCCU win its first conference title in over 60 years as a junior. He was first-team All-MEAC in 2015.
Hilliard played just one season at NCCU after beginning his career at Lamar, but it was a good one. He averaged 12 points and a MEAC-leading 6.3 assists per game.
“I’m elated that Nimrod has an opportunity to extend his basketball career and take care of his family at the same time,” NCCU head coach LeVelle Moton said about his former player. “It’s an honor to see his dreams come true. Well deserved.”