HEIDELBERG, Germany – For the fifth time in six years, Carson-Newman's men's basketball program has seen an alum turn pro.
Recent graduate Grant Teichmann (Brentwood, Tenn.) has signed a contract to join MLP Academics Heidelberg in Germany's ProA league, the second highest division in the country. He will be playing in the same league as former Lincoln Memorial standouts Dorian Pinson and Luquon Choice.
"I'm very proud and happy for Grant," Carson-Newman head men's basketball coach Chuck Benson said. "The impact he made on our program was invaluable. He leaves here headed into a professional career with great confidence. It's a career that I have great confidence will be long-lasting. He will add value from day one on multiple levels and continue to evolve as a professional for years to come."
Teichmann joins Antoine Davis (Germany and Canada), Ish Sanders (Slovakia, Kosovo, Spain, Australia), Josh Rogers (Israel, England) and Charles Clark (Iceland), as the fifth Eagle to turn pro in the last six years. Carson-Newman has the most professional basketball players in the SAC in that time span behind Lincoln Memorial and Queens, who have each produced six.
Teichmann will join Sanders, Rogers and Clark as active pros. Sanders just wrapped up player of the month honors in the BIG V league in Australia. He average 28.3 points per game on 55.8 percent for the first-place Sunbury Jets. He is BIG V basketball's second leading scorer. Clark wrapped up his first season with Hottur in Iceland aceraging 24.3 points on 57.9 percent shooting. He was his league's third-leading scorer. Finally, Rogers plays for the London City Royals where he comes off the bench to average 4.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
An All-SAC second team selection, Teichman was a warhorse on the court. Teichmann led the league averaging 35 minutes per game. He was C-N's leader in scoring (14.5) and assists (4.7), and was third in rebounds (4.5). He ranked fifth in the conference in assists.
Teichmann's 4.7 assist per game average registers as the fourth-highest single-season average in Carson-Newman men's basketball history.
The senior's slash line was impressive. He made 50.2 percent of his shots, 42.2 percent of his threes and 73.3 percent of his foul shots. Teichmann, Queens' Blake Morrow and Lenoir-Rhyne's Darius Simmons were the only players in the league this year to average at least 50 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent from three. Teichmann was the only player in that trio to average double figures.
Teichmann matched his career high of 26 points on three occasions in his final season at the Creek. He went for 26 in an 87-86 win at King and did it again in a road loss to Queens and a home win against Newberry.
He became the first player in 12 seasons to turn in a double-double with points and assists for Carson-Newman. He had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Lees-McRae. He wound up bringing home SAC and TSWA State Player of the Week honors for that effort when it was couples with his career-high matching performance at King.
Teichmann scored in double figures 21 times this year and went on the plus side of 20 points on eight occasions. He had at least five assists in 13 games this year.