GAINESVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 16: Forward Dallas Lauderdale #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores against the Florida Gators November 16 2010 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Dallas Lauderdale wasn't the best player in college basketball this past season, but his skillset did make him one of my favorites to watch over the past few seasons. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to watch the former Ohio State Buckeyes big man during the upcoming season because "Fort" has decided to take his talents to the Euroleague.
Lauderdale, a 6-foot-8 forward, has signed with PGE Turow in Poland for their upcoming Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, according the league's website.
It isn't a surprise move that Lauderdale has decided to take a job in the second best league in the world rather than wait out the NBA lockout for a possible training camp invite, but it is a bit disappointing that nearly every rookie will begin next season overseas rather than in an America.
Lauderdale averaged an unimpressive 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in just 16 minutes for the Buckeyes as a senior starter, but his impact was obviously much greater as his contract with the Euroleague and invitation to the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament prove.
Lauderdale's first match-up in Europe will be against BC Khimki and Timofey Mozgov. Man, Euroleague Pass might have to be a thing this year.