The guard, who scored 1,355 factors all through his college profession at Bryant and Nevada, leaves for Europe Monday after signing with Dax Gamarde of the Nationale Masculine league.
He was again at the Brockton YMCA, getting in a exercise earlier than beginning the subsequent chapter in a basketball career, one that will appear in a expert league overseas.
The Brockton resident, who performed for the University of Nevada the past two seasons, signed a contract on Wednesday to play for Dax Gamarde of the Nationale Masculine 1 league in France.
Zouzoua will fly to Europe on Monday and be a part of a group that opened the 2020-21 season Friday with a 64-62 victory over Rennes.
After enjoying freshman, junior varsity and varsity basketball for three years at Brockton High School, two seasons at Boston Trinity Academy, two seasons at Bryant University and two extra at Nevada, Zouzoua gets to proceed lifestyles in basketball at the professional level.
“It’s an remarkable feeling, without a doubt a blessing,″ stated Zouzoua. “It’s been a lot of unseen hours in the gym.
“Basically anybody knows I grew up in the Brockton YMCA. That’s the place I was once at like 24-7. I just acquired achieved there taking pictures (Friday), so it was kind of nostalgic to see how a long way I’ve come. I wouldn’t be capable to do it besides the support of my friends and household around me.″
The 6-foot-3 guard transferred to Boston Trinity Academy after one varsity season with Brockton High and scored more than 1,000 factors whilst being named the New England Prep player of the year.
He made the Northeast Conference all-rookie crew as a freshman at Bryant, averaging 12.8 points, then was named to the all-conference first team as a sophomore, scoring 20.3 points.
Zouzoua transferred to Nevada, and after sitting out the 2017-18 season in accordance with NCAA rules, not often performed in the 2018-19 season, getting simply six minutes per game.
But final season, below new educate Steve Alford, Zouzoua became the Mountain West Conference sixth man of the year, averaging 9.8 points in 24 minutes and scoring in double figures sixteen times.
Now, he will be taking part in in a 28-team seasoned league for a team positioned in Gamarde-les-Bains in the southwest phase of France. Another Brockton resident, former Avon High and UMass Lowell standout protect Akeem Williams, has been enjoying in France due to the fact that the 2014-15 season.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity, honestly,″ stated Zouzoua, who scored 1,355 points in college. “God is true and He honestly blessed me and put me in a function to play professionally. Just being capable to residing out my dream and enjoying the game I love is super to me. It’s some thing I continually dreamed about.″
Zouzoua has now not performed a sport seeing that March 5 when he had 11 points in 29 minutes all through Nevada’s loss to Wyoming in the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.
He graduated from Nevada in the spring and has been in Brockton ever since, ready for an chance foreign places to materialize. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the method was once slow, however Zouzoua found a team thru his agent at Duran International Sports Management.
“I saved in contact with my excellent agent, Duran Management, and they have been in talks with a couple of groups from Spain and a couple of teams from France,″ said Zouzoua. “We just selected this team. I thought it was once the fine possibility right now, specifically with the coronavirus going on.
The NM 1 league is the third tier in a five-tier machine in France. Games are unfold out at some point of the fall and wintry weather with lots of exercise time.
Zouzoua has been to Europe twice before, taking part in towards first division groups from Italy for the duration of a day trip there whilst at Bryant and traveling relatives in Paris when he was once about eleven years old.
He stated that his uncles and cousins living now “are without a doubt going to come down and watch a couple of video games for the duration of the season.″
Zouzoua is a twin citizen of the United States and the Ivory Coast, the place his father is from, so he won’t be classified as an import participant with Dax Gamarde.
The team’s subsequent game is Tuesday in opposition to Union Tarbes Lourdes and Zouzoua is anxious to play again after a seven-month layoff.